Helping others through the use of my psychic and clairvoyant abilities gives me great joy. With over 15 years professional experience in the field i have helped hundreds of clients to answer their questions on love, life and destiny. I have a compassionate, but honest approach to my readings and always like my clients to feel that their questions are being answered clearly.
One of the most challenging situations we encounter in life is how to handle the feelings involved when it's time to let go of something or someone who has been important to us. This is the message of the Eight of Cups. If you're physically with your reader, or doing a tarot reading for yourself, this is one of those cards which can spark, at the very least, deep feelings of sadness. The imagery used in most decks is evocative, to say the least!
There is a Scottish Gaelic word that describes the depths of winter: an dubhach, “the gloom”. However, the majesty of winter can be considered far from gloomy. There is a time for activity and there is a time for quietness. Try this meditation on or around the solstice - observe the silent earth, the sleeping seed, and marvel at the lengthening of days. Be inspired by the earth around you, and plant seeds of your own. This meditation will help to put you in tune to the energies of the season: the need for reflection and the power of awakening...
Well we’ve come to one of my favourite times of the year - and not just simply because my inner child enjoys the playfulness of fireworks, and another chance to be allowed to be silly on Halloween!
In all seriousness, I love this time of year because more than at any other time, the inner realms, and the mysteries of life, seem to come to the fore in the collective consciousness. Nature seems to slow down, especially once the leaves have fallen - they seem to absorb some of the noise which is ever present in our world. And although we have long, dark, nights ahead, at least there’s the comfort of being able to gaze meditatively into a fire when the nights close in.
Do you ever have the luxury of just listening to the stillness? Try if you can to do so this month. It’s an amazing experience. Be prepared - at first, you’re likely to find your mind jumping all over the place. But persevere! This isn’t the same as meditating - it’s almost a case of simply allowing your mind to wander for a little while, until it can settle and focus on the quiet.
And in the quiet is where you’ll find the stillness! I’m not mixing up my words - I’m suggesting that you consciously focus on the stillness of the earth, and especially so at night time, during the coming season. You might need to wait until it’s quite late, depending on where you live. But certainly do try it.
I can remember when I realized there was a significant difference between being aware of the quiet of night, and being aware of the stillness - it’s breathtakingly beautiful. Let it seep into your bones. And if you’re fortunate enough to do so on a clear night, with a full, or almost full moon, the experience will be even more profound. I’m sure you’ll experience something incredibly peaceful and nourishing - just what we all need towards the end of another busy year.
Have a great month!
Right from my first encounters with the Tarot, I’ve found it to be an incredibly rich and mysterious tool. Whilst it can be used for a myriad of purposes, I find its most powerful use is as a way to engage in a dialogue with our own inner world. This is, of course, especially so at this time of the year - a time which calls to us to be still and quiet, to turn inwards, to nourish and heal and replenish our own personal resources.
There is one card in the Tarot which, in itself, embodies the archetype we need to call upon for this process, to confidently navigate our inner world - the being who brings a light to guide the way inwards - the Hermit, or in the Wildwood Tarot, the Hooded Man.
Don’t be fooled into associating popular 21st century cultural images with this archetype - this is no smelly old person with cats! He, or she, is wisdom personified!
Quieten your mind; slow your breathing; notice how straight away some of the tension you’re probably carrying begins to ebb away. Imaging that you, too, are rugged up - cloaked against the cold of your own anxieties and doubts; you, too are carrying a light which cannot ever be extinguished, even when you’re asleep, or, just like now, as you slip into a different state of consciousness.
I find myself moving forwards in my imagination, as I gaze at the image. There is a softer light coming from the door in the tree, and it casts a soft glow on the snow before my feet. It does seem to be quite inviting - so I take my lantern and walk towards the haven of the tree.
There is indeed a fire within this space; it’s warm, and still, and completely safe. There are rugs on the floor, and a cosy chair. I feel completely at ease in this space. Its definitely still got the feeling of a tree, but unlike any tree I have encountered before. There is every shade of green, from rich moss colours to an almost steel grey- green; and there are golden browns, rich russet tones - every possible colour of autumn. It’s as if the life force of the tree itself is spread out before me, sharing itself, seeping into my very marrow.
As I relax more and more, I feel myself sinking into my chair. I’m certainly not asleep, but I am very, very relaxed, and moving into yet another layer of consciousness.
‘What’s going to happen? When will it happen? Will I be OK if / when it happens? What will I do if it doesn’t happen?....’ Questions we all will have wrestled with at some point or another in our lives. And questions which, quite naturally, feed their way into psychic readings all the time.
Seeing into, and helping to unravel the mysteries - that’s the stuff a good reading is all about.
But in my opinion, one of the greatest mysteries of all in this process, is the impact of our own involvement, in working with, and one could say, weaving, the intricate strands of mystery which flow through all of our lives. This can’t be explained away simply as ‘FREE WILL’, as so many people will flippantly exclaim.
Over and over again, through working with others, and in my own life, I’m reminded of just how much we co-create our lives. We certainly can’t control everything, nor ‘make’ things happen. Yet intention is a very powerful thing - I have no doubt about that. And courage; and commitment; and support; and hope; and on and on.
But today, I’d like to add IMAGINATION to the list, and to share a quote from Victor Hugo to add a little punch:
‘There is nothing like a dream to create the future...’
To dream of possibilities not yet encountered - to drift into visions in our own very personal, private, and intimate inner worlds - this is an incredibly powerful experience!
Not only are there no boundaries in those inner worlds, but they operate as a kind of gateway to a place where only the laws of the universal divine operate, a place where we can safely share our deepest desires, hopes and dreams, and visions of what we can imagine could be possible, even if our current practical circumstances don’t seem to allow them at all. This isn’t day-dreaming. This is, as Victor Hugo understood, creating the future.
It’s a mysterious process, and there are, of course, many factors operating. But let yourself dream a little, and you’re starting to move into that realm.
Have a great October!
I’ve re-visited the Wildwood Tarot again this month, with a view to sharing the wisdom of ‘The Ancestor’. This card is John Matthews and Mark Ryan’s expression of ‘The Heirophant‘ - the archetype of spiritual authority and learned wisdom in traditional decks. But I’ve chosen The Ancestor because of the feelings she stirs in me at this time of the year.
Children are great teachers! I experienced this reality frequently during the years in which I worked as a teacher. But I was reminded of it again recently when an almost 12 year old family member of mine told me excitedly of meeting a Nobel Prize Winning Astro-Physicist AND going to see Professor Brian Cox in the same week. His exuberance in describing to me (in just a little too much detail!) the telescope he likes to use inspired me to look heavenwards again, to revisit the night sky, now that the long days are again diminishing here in the far north.
This serendipitous conversation happened almost right on the Full Moon recently, fortunately for me. And there she was - exposed again, out from behind the clouds, and reminding me of just how powerful moonlight can be.
Am I talking about power in a metaphorical sense? Or the brilliance of the Full Moon on a clear night? Well that depends on you, and how you personally relate to such an idea.
Personally, I believe that some things can only be seen by moonlight - the moon awakens a kind of knowing which goes beyond conceptual thinking. She relates to a part of our mind where dreams emerge, possibilities and inventions are born, and hope awakens for each new day. This is a light which is so gentle, yet persistent - such that it keeps on seeping into and through our dreams, until we are ready to bring that awareness to fullness in our conscious minds.
So during September, I’d recommend you venture out late at night, once the noise and business of the day has subsided, and just gaze at the moon. It can be an incredibly inspiring experience, even without a telescope!
I’ve collected a considerable number of tarot decks over the years. One of my recent favourites is called ‘The Wild Wood Tarot’ by John Matthews and Mark Ryan, and illustrated by Will Worthington. There are a few cards in this deck which they’ve adapted and renamed from the usual - the beautiful image above is one such. The Seer is a version of ‘The High Priestess’ found in other decks. I’ve written about the High Priestess before - she’s a constant companion to those of us who work in the psychic world. But this one awakens a slightly different understanding - hence her appearance in this edition.
One of the real challenges for anyone seeking to access the intuitive realms is that it really can be like visiting another world - we’re so used to being so constantly in the rational world, and here, the language is different; the rules are different. The Seer above is dressed a little like a Shaman, someone who knows that a different state of consciousness is required to really access the wealth of that world.