Divination Tools: Ailuromany

Ailuromancy is a form of divination that uses the movements of the cats to predict the future. It has an origin in the Greek word – ailouros. This method of divination is also known as Felidomancy and is dependent on observing the movements, and the way the cats jump, and where they land.

Ailuromancy interprets the behavior of cats to predict weather patterns and is thought to come from the early Egyptians as cats were highly regarded by them.

Using Ailuromancy, it has been said if a cat’s tail should turn toward a heat source it indicates a likely change in the weather likely to be a heavy rain or could be a hard frost depending on the season. If a cat curls up, with it’s for head touching the ground; it could indicate an upcoming storm.

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HISTORY

The cat has a long history of being associated with the occult and witches in particular. In the history of cats association with the occult leads back to ancient times of Egyptian deity history with Bast being a cat headed deity and the Roman deity Diana being associated with cats.

The cat has always been associated with the occult, right from the ancient times. Many ancient religious beliefs considered the cat as sacred. Across all cultures, it is also believed that mistreating or killing a cat will bring misfortune.

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The ancient Egyptians, too, practiced this form of divination. One of their practices involved placing a magical tablet inside the mouth of a recently deceased black cat. The inquirer was required to write his question, along with the name of the deity required to help him, on the tablet with a solution of myrrh. This was said to bring about a prophetic dream.

One form of divination thought to have been practiced by early Egyptians as a means of inducing prosthetic dreams was to create a magical tablet and place it inside the mouth of their recently deceased black cat. On this tablet, the practitioner would write in inquiry as well as the deities’ name. The tablet would be washed with a solution of myrrh. After this, the person was thought to see the answer in a dream.

Ailuromancy as Aeromancy

This is a form of Zoomancy (seeing the past, present, future via animals) also thought of as being related to Theriomancy and some may refer to it as Felidomancy. Zoomancy is thought to be related to predicting future events by using animals where as Ailuromancy is specific to using the actions of cats. This is also connected to Aeromancy as the cat’s movements are used to predict the weather.

The cat has always been a mysterious creature and has also been associated with witches and a variety of superstitions. Diviners of the past have used the cats to look into the future. The movements of the cats have often been observed to predict the weather.

THE WAY THE CATS BEHAVE

In Ailuromancy, there are many superstitions regarding the cat. Where, in the United Kingdom, a black cat crossing your path is considered a lucky omen, in certain other places, such as the United States, Germany, and in India, it is considered a bad sign. However, owning a black cat is believed to be lucky, and so is a gray cat supposed to bring good luck. If you happen to have three black cats crossing your path, you can expect a shower of good fortune, wherever you may be living.

A cat turning its tail to the fire is a sign of the impending change in the weather – either rain or hard frost is expected. The stormy weather is said to be on its way if the cat lies in a curling position with its forehead touching the ground. Other signs for the diviner that indicates an early arrival of rain is a cat climbing up the furniture, or washing its face or ears.

A further sign of good luck is finding a cat on a boat. If you find a cat following you, it is a sign that you will be coming into money. If a white cat happens to cross your path, look out for your health. This is not a good sign for your health. If a cat happens to lick its ears three times, check to see in which direction it is looking. This is the direction from where you can expect visitors to your home.

Let us look at some other signs of Ailuromancy:

  • If a cat, while grooming, puts its paw around its right ear, you can expect a male visitor soon.
  • If the paw happens to be around the left ear, expect a lady visitor.
  • A sudden entrance of a black cat into your home is an omen of good fortune. Chasing it away, or harming it in any way, is sure to bring you bad luck.

SUPERSTITIONS

Superstitions involving cats can be found all over the world. Some places say if a cat follows a person it means that money will come to the person.

On the relationship front, it has been said that if me and dreams of a cat and the cat scratches him the person he is involved with is likely spiteful. Using the same situation if a woman has the same dream and scratch it is thought that she has a rival. While growing up, I heard the superstition that if the black cat crossed your path you have bad luck or want to die.

Some lore states seeing a white cat can be lucky in and of itself and that both white and black cats can bring luck. While we all know of the superstition that if a black cat crosses your path it’s said to indicate bad luck, some places hold if the cat crosses your path from left to right, it could be good luck.

If a black cat is pet with the grain of the hair along its spine, it’s said to bring good luck where as if the reverse is done, it’s said to bring bad luck.

Cartomancy: Fortune Telling, Playing Cards

Cartomancy is the act of divining using cards. Divining means to find out by inspiration, intuition or magic; to foresee. Cartomancy is a divination tool where by playing cards are used, and is similar to a Tarot reading.

Learn the past, present, and future with a regular deck of playing cards. No tricks, no special talent, no psychic ability. It is not magic either. If you can read this you can learn cartomancy with a regular deck of cards. All you need is some basic knowledge. It’s easy, so keep reading.

By using a regular 52 card deck of playing cards you can tell your fortune and see what lies before you.

A LITTLE BACKGROUND ON CARTOMANCY

Long before people used cards to play games, they were used to foretell the future. In fact, playing cards were invented for divination purposes.

The Gypsies are probably the most well know people that have in the past used cartomancy for fortune telling. But history goes beyond. The deck of cards has been around for about 600 years as far as we can tell. The thought is that the cards may have originated in China. China’s currency greatly resembled the deck of playing cards and it’s believed that China was the first to develop paper currency. The tradition of playing cards went from Western Asia to Egypt, then to North Africa. From there, Europe. The theory has it that the Arabs and Moors introduced the cards to the Spaniards in 1379. In Spain, the people called the cards Nairobi, which means “to foretell.” The question remains, were the cards made for game play or as tools for divination? We do know that by the sixteenth-century cards were used for the means of fortune telling. By the eighteenth century, cartomancy was a hit. Even Emperor Napoleon was said to have “consulted” the cards on a regular basis. Cartomancy, a strange word that can do so much.

TIPS FOR READING CARDS

LOOK AT PREDOMINANT SUIT

  • Predominant Hearts – concern is emotional
  • Predominant Diamonds – concern is material
  • Predominant Clubs – concern is for achievement and recognition
  • Predominant Spades – concern is antagonistic or for power without responsibility

If the reading does not require a Significator card, make a mental note of the Significator card which would represent the Questioner. If that card shows up in the reading, it takes on special significance.

If the Joker was not intended to be included in the deck but shows up in a reading, do not replace it, but read the card as a special message to the Questioner. The Joker usually means that there is a surprise in store for the Questioner. A situation which was thought to be stable may suddenly become unstable.

IF TIMING IS INVOLVED, READ THE CARDS AS FOLLOWS:

  • Diamonds – Spring
  • Clubs – Summer
  • Hearts – Autumn
  • Spades – Winter

RANKS:

  • Aces – Week at the beginning of the season.
  • Kings – The matter was completed last year at this time.
  • Queens – The matter was completed last season.

e.g. – Ace of diamonds would be the first week of the Spring Equinox

STAGES METHOD:

  • Aces – The beginning of a situation.
  • Twos – Direction the matter will take. May be a 1st meeting point.
  • Threes – The point at which details grow and the matter solidifies.
  • Fours – Foundation has begun. Roots are put down in order to build.
  • Fives – The first challenge or glitch in the situation.
  • Sixes – Issue changes & grows; If it stagnates, it will not continue
  • Sevens – Variety added, Scope of the idea/project may be expanded.
  • Eights – Evaluation period. People & ideas may be put to the test.
  • Nines – Moving forward. The issue is nearly completed.
  • Tens – Completion of the cycle, project, or issue.
  • Pages – Signify risks and messages.
  • Knights – Indicate movement and direction
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THE MEANING OF THE CARDS

SIGNIFICATORS: (THE CARD THAT REPRESENTS THE PERSON THE READING IS ABOUT)

  1. King of Diamonds – fair or grey-haired man over 40
  2. Queen of Diamonds – fair or gray haired woman over 40
  3. King of Hearts – fair-haired young man
  4. Queen of Hearts – fair-haired young woman
  5. King of Spades – dark-haired man over 40
  6. Queen of Spades – dark-haired woman over 40
  7. King of Clubs – dark-haired young man
  8. Queen of Clubs – dark-haired young woman

When choosing a card to represent the Questioner, you can use these guidelines to assist you. Above all, use your own intuition to make the decision.

Gender

  • Male – King
  • Female – Queen
  • Youth of either gender – Jack

Hair and Eye Color

  • Fair to Red or Gold Hair and Blue or Grey Eyes – Diamond
  • Auburn or Grey Hair with Hazel or Green Eyes – Heart
  • Brown Hair and Light Brown Eyes – Club
  • Dark Hair and Eyes, Dark Complexion – Spade

Zodiac Sign

  • Fire Signs – Aries, Leo, Sagittarius – Club or Heart
  • Earth Signs – Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn – Diamond or Spade
  • Air Signs – Gemini, Libra, Aquarius – Spade or Diamond
  • Water Signs – Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces – Heart or Club

Personality Factors

  • Shy and helpful – Heart
  • Cool and Logical, inner self is important – Spade
  • Ambitious and businesslike, impatient, outgoing – Diamond
  • Instinctive or Intuitive, cheerful and friendly – Club

red heart Hearts:

  • Aces- Happiness, the home, love, friendship, joy the start of a romance. A love letter.
  • King- A good-natured, a fair-haired man, affectionate and generous but impetuous. Good advice.
  • Queen- A kindly fair-haired woman. Trustworthy.
  • Jack- A close friend or a good-natured, fair-haired youth.
  • 10- good fortune, happiness.
  • 9- the “wish” card; desires come true
  • 8- Visits and visitors. Invitations out or attending a party, but also partings.
  • 7- An unfaithful or unreliable person. Broken promises.
  • 6- unexpected good fortune; generosity. Someone helping you out.
  • 5- Jealous people around you. Take your time to make any decisions.
  • 4- A change, a journey or a move of house/business. A late marriage or postponements.
  • 3- You need to be cautious. Don’t say something you’ll regret.
  • 2- success, and prosperity, friendship. An engagement or partnership. Friendship.

 Spades:

  • Ace- A difficult love affair. Emotional conflict, obsession, death. Things coming to a head.
  • King- A very dark-haired man, Ambitious, usually successful and an authoritative man.
  • Queen- A very dark-haired woman, can be seductive or unscrupulous. A widow.
  • Jack- A very dark-haired young person, a well-meaning person but immature, an unreliable youth.
  • 10- Worry, misfortune. Imprisonment. Unwelcome news.
  • 9- Bad luck in all things. Depression and low energy. Destruction, deaths. Extreme anxiety. Can mean delays or quarrels.
  • 8- Trouble and disappointment. Plans go awry. Friends let you down. Cancellations.
  • 7- A warning against possible loss of friendship. An unexpected burden. A warning against losses and sorrow.
  • 6- A small improvement in the person’s life.
  • 5- Anxiety, setbacks, interferences. Happy home but interference from other people. Reversals and opposition but eventual success.
  • 4- Business troubles, worries. Jealousy, illness, broken promises.
  • 3- Partings, possible due to faithlessness. Be wary in partnerships.
  • 2- Scandal, gossip, the danger of deceit, separation. Difficult changes.

diamond Diamonds:

  • Ace- A ring or present of jewelry. News about money. A letter.
  • King- A fair-haired man, stubborn and influential.
  • Queen- A flirt. A very fair-haired woman. flirtatious, sophisticated, witty, love to party and to gossip.
  • Jack- A very fair-haired youth. Watch out for dishonesty or unreliability.
  • 10- Journey, fortunate changes, usually bringing wealth.
  • 9- Surprise with money. New business opportunities. Restlessness.
  • 8- A marriage and travel late in life. Financial ups and downs. New relationship; unexpected money,
  • 7- Surprise news or a gift. Problems and losses at work.
  • 6- a reconciliation; a warning against a possible second marriage or problems in a second marriage.
  • 5- Successful meetings, particularly in business. Happy family.
  • 4- An inheritance. Improvements in finances. A change for the better.
  • 3- Legal problems, domestic arguments. A legal letter.
  • 2- A love affair attracting disapproval from others. A business partnership.

diamond Clubs:

  • Ace- Wealth, health, love, and happiness. A letter concerning money.
  • King- A dark-haired man, honest, open, generous and affectionate
  • Queen- A dark-haired woman, helpful, honest, attractive self-confident.
  • Jack- A reliable friend. A dark-haired youth.
  • 10- Money from an unexpected source, good luck or gift. Travel abroad.
  • 9- A new romance or admirer. Achievements. Don’t be stubborn.
  • 8- Opposition, danger or recklessness. Trouble in relationships, business and personal. Jealousy and greed.
  • 7- Prosperity and success. Be careful of trouble coming from a person of the opposite sex.
  • 6- Business success. Getting financial help.
  • 5- Help from a friend or spouse. New friends and a successful marriage.
  • 4- Changes for the worse. Lies and betrayal.
  • 3- Marriage to a wealthy partner. Money coming from the partner.
  • 2- Disappointment and opposition. Gossip.
  • Joker: (optional) New developments, fresh starts, taking a risk.

INTERPRETATIONS FROM SHUFFLING AND CUTTING

Who would have thought that a reading can begin from the cards even before that first card is laid out? Look carefully and note how the cards are shuffled and cut. Every person is different and has their own style, but this can even differ between readings. Thank you to Andreia “Shana” Gaita for sharing insights on shuffling and cutting which appear below.

  • When a person shuffles only the bare minimum number of times, this, of course, shows how eager they are to get straight to the point.
  • When cards one or a few cards fall out during shuffling, take note of what they are because they are important to the reading.
  • When a lot of cards fall out, the querent is either not used shuffling cards, or they are reluctant or ambivalent about the reading.
  • When a person cuts only the top few cards from the deck or leaves a tiny little pile, then they are reluctant to do the reading. This shows they do not really want to reveal too much or find out the true answer.
  • When cards fall from the deck as a person cuts the cards, this also shows a certain ambivalence or reluctance about the reading.
  • Shy and impressionable people cut the deck with their face virtually inches from the cards. They also tend to take any interpretations extremely literally despite their avowed skepticism.
  • Troubled querents also cut the deck with their faces inches from the deck and may take some time to do it. I also find these people tend to cut the deck dead center if they can manage it and are most concerned to be doing it “right”. These people tend to demand exact predictions and interpretations but this is because they are so troubled by their question.
  • Complex people tend to cut into multiple piles. These people cannot decide if they want to take the cards seriously or not.
  • Querents who are confident of the answer they think they will receive cut with their arm fully extended, often with a smile on their face.
  • There are people who barely glance at the cards when cutting them and expect you to shuffle and replace the cards in one pile. These people do not expect anything from the cards and are majorly skeptical or simply do not really want a reading.

When querents sit right back in their chairs and cross their arms you know they are feeling defensive. When the cards get right to the heart of the issue, you notice them lean forward and the arms are uncrossed. This simple body language reveals so much and can be useful when the querent is determined to say only the bare minimum.

The next time you do a reading for yourself, notice how you cut the cards. Often you can pick up from the cut if you are secretly reluctant to know the answer (usually because your intuition/subconscious already knows the answer won’t be what you want to hear).

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THE SPREADS

Use just One Card for a quick answer to your question. All you need to do is concentrate on your question while shuffling the deck and pick out a single card. This will give you the overall impression about your question. You may draw one more card if necessary to clarify the first card. (I personally usually draw the second card).

This method is also suitable for finding out about how your day is going to go. An example of this would be if you draw a Spade card this indicates problems and difficulties will be important to you. Hearts would be that issues to do with emotions and the home are going to be important for the day. Diamonds would be, issues to do with hard work and affairs outside the home will be important. Drawing a club would be, issues to do with business and money will be important.

If you want a quick answer/overview to a single question or issue, use the Three Card Spread.Start by shuffling the deck, always concentrating on your question. Lay the cards out in a row from left to right.

1   2   3

The first card represents the past. The second, the present and the third card, the future.

The Nine Card Spread is a more in-depth reading of the Three Card Spread. Start by laying the cards out in three rows across and 3 down.

1     2     3
4     5     6
7     8     9

  • Cards 1, 2, 3, are for the past
  • Cards 4, 5, 6, are for the present
  • Cards 7, 8, 9, are for the future

Magic Square
A Significator Card is chosen to represent the Questioner and is placed to one side while Questioner shuffles the remainder of the deck. When shuffled, the Reader takes four cards from the top of the deck and places them in the order shown. The fifth card is the Significator Card chosen for the Questioner. The remaining cards are taken from the top of the deck. This spread is good for a psychic or psychological reading.

1     2     3
4     5     6
7     8     9

  • Card 1 – Individuality (Questioner’s true nature)
  • Card 2 – Duality (Relationships with Others)
  • Card 3 – Stability (What is stable in Questioner’s Life)
  • Card 4 – Tenacity (Where the Questioner will not compromise)
  • Card 5 – Potentiality (Court Card for Questioner)
  • Card 6 – Opportunity
  • Card 7 – Spirituality
  • Card 8 – Negativity
  • Card 9 – Positivity

Horseshoe of Fate(7 cards)
A good spread for answering questions of great concern, or questions involving life changes, such as career changes, moving house, getting married.

No Significator card is selected. The deck is shuffled and spread out face down in a fan shape. Questioner selects seven cards from the spread and hands them to the Reader. The cards are spread face up in the order that they were selected.

1           7
2       6
3   5
4

  • Card 1 – Past influences contributing to present situation
  • Card 2 – Choices and alternatives
  • Card 3 – Stability or instability of situation
  • Card 4 – Challenges
  • Card 5 – Help or hindrances
  • Card 6 – Who are friends or foes
  • Card 7 – Final outcome

The Horseshoe Spread (21 cards)
This spread gives a more general overview of your life and uses 21 cards. Lay down seven groups of three cards in the shape of a horseshoe or arch.(Like above spread.) Count 1,2,3,4,5,6,7, then start the 8th card on top of the one card and go around again. The 15 card should be placed in sequence on the first and 8th cards and so forth. Each group covers a category.

The seven categories are:

  1. The past situation.
  2. The present situation.
  3. Developments in the near future.
  4. What you don’t expect.
  5. People around you.
  6. Obstacles and opposition.
  7. The outcome.

The Gypsy Spread (21 cards)
From left to right, lay three rows of seven cards. The top row of seven cards represents the past. The middle row the present and the bottom row of seven cards the future. This 21 card spread demands great skill and is not to be attempted until you are very confident with the meanings of the cards and combining them into a meaningful narrative.

Pyramid Spread
A good general reading. No Significator card is selected. The deck is shuffled and spread out face down in a fan shape. Selects ten cards from the spread. Place the cards face up in the order that they have selected me a pyramid shape.

    1
3 2
4 5 6
7 8 9 10

  • Top Card (Card 1) – Overall Influence at Work
  • Second Row (Cards 2 & 3) – Choice of Action
  • Third Row (Cards 4, 5 & 6) – Underlying Forces
  • Base Row (Cards 7, 8. 9 & 10) – Advice of the Cards(how to resolve question)

Celestial Circle
This spread is done only one time a year.

No Significator card is selected. The deck is shuffled and spread out face down in a fan shape. Select thirteen cards from the spread. Place them face up in the order that they were selected like that of a clock. Example, the first card would be 1 o’clock, second card 2 o’clock, and so on. Place card 13 in the center.

The cards are read as months of the year. The first card is the current month, even if it is last day of the month. Each card is a subsequent month.

Card number 13 is the overall forecast for the year. The card is read by suit alone.

  • Heart – Happy forecast for the year
  • Diamond – Successful practical year ahead
  • Club – Enterprise, money, accomplishment in the next year
  • Spade – Quarrels, discord ahead

HOW TO INTERPRET AND READ COURT CARDS

There are a number of intricate innuendos when reading face cards in time you will learn these. The direction in which the face cards are turned, mean a great deal. If the face card is turned left it indicates that this person is turned “towards you”, as you are always on the left of the spread in a reading, Literally he/she is “looking right at you, he is focused on the relationship shared with you, to your needs and very receptive in sharing the relationship with you and moving into the future with you. When the card is turned towards the right it means the person has turned “away from you” therefore this individuals focus is elsewhere. They are not focused or that much interested in the relationship share with you, or unreceptive to moving forward with you in the future.

The direction they are turned also indicates how they perceive their emotional views on life at this present moment, and that a lot of their perceptions are based on what they have learned from past experiences. Generally, the past is always to the left of us.
The individuals facing right derive their present emotions perceptions on life by concentrating on the future. Generally, the future is to the right of us.

Interesting to note that the 3 spade courts and the Jack of clubs are the only 4 court cards that look toward the future, therefore indicating that they maybe the only 4 who’s mind focuses elsewhere and not necessarily on you. Another note, if there is no court card present in the trio, then the message is all about you and your actions, thoughts or feelings.

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A FEW GUIDELINES TO CONSIDER WHEN INTERPRETING A SPREAD

The reader is always thought of as being on the left of the spread. You experience the cards from left to right; think of yourself as being on the receiving end of each spread.

Follow a 1+1+1=____ equation; build up the meanings by feeling each card from left to right. Suppose two of the cards give “pain” and “loss.”

If they appear in front of a face card, these are felt by yourself in the future. If they appear behind a face card, they belong to the individual represented by the face card. If there is no face card, all three meanings would belong to you. A spread of all face cards means a message involving social life or interactions; for work, this could be networking.

If a face card is “bearing,” for example, a negative card, it means to be cautious because that person has the potential to be untrue to you. I’m not sure what she means by bearing but I assume the card following (to the right of) the court card.

The Effect of Drumming and Shamanism on Health

Drum therapy is an ancient approach that uses rhythm to promote healing and self-expression. From the shamans of Mongolia to the Minianka healers of West Africa, therapeutic rhythm techniques have been used for thousands of years to create and maintain physical, mental, and spiritual health.

Current research is now verifying the therapeutic effects of ancient rhythm techniques. Recent research reviews indicate that drumming accelerates physical healing, boosts the immune system and produces feelings of well-being, a release of emotional trauma, and reintegration of self.

The gentle pulsating rhythms (binaural beat) of our brain synchronization tapes act in a similar fashion, yet because the frequencies are computer generated, they are precise, consistent and can be targeted to induce highly specific and desired brain states. Much like tuning a radio to get a particular station, our brain synchronization tapes can induce a variety of brain states. Effecting Alertness, Concentration, Focus & Cognition Relaxation, Visualization, & Creativity Intuition, Memory, Meditation Vivid Visual Imagery Deep Sleep, Detached Awareness

There are frequencies/rhythms which when dominant in the brain correlate with a specific state of mind. There are generally 4 groupings of brain waves:

  1. Beta waves range between 13-40 HZ. The beta state is associated with peak concentration, heightened alertness, and visual acuity. Nobel Prize Winner, Sir Francis Crick, and other scientists believe that the 40HZ beta frequency used on many Brain Sync tapes may be key to the act of cognition.
  2. Alpha waves range between 7-12 HZ. This is a place of deep relaxation, but not quite meditation. In Alpha, we begin to access the wealth of creativity that lies just below our conscious awareness – it is the gateway, the entry point that leads into deeper states of consciousness. Alpha is also the home of the window frequency known as the Schumann Resonance, which is the resonant frequency of the earth’s electromagnetic field.
  3. Theta waves range between 4-7 HZ. Theta is one of the more elusive and extraordinary realms we can explore. It is also known as the twilight state which we normally only experience fleetingly as we rise up out of the depths of delta upon waking or drifting off to sleep. In theta, we are in a waking dream, vivid imagery flashes before the mind’s eye and we are receptive to information beyond our normal conscious awareness. During the Theta state, many find they are capable of comprehending advanced concepts and relationships that become incomprehensible when returning to Alpha or Beta states. Theta has also been identified as the gateway to learning and memory. Theta meditation increases creativity, enhances learning, reduces stress and awakens intuition and other extrasensory perception skills. When the brain is in Theta it appears to balance sodium/potassium ratios which are responsible for the transport of chemicals through brain cell membranes. This appears to play a role in rejuvenating the fatigued brain.
  4. Delta waves range between 0-4 HZ. Delta is associated with deep sleep. In addition, certain frequencies in the delta range trigger the release of Growth Hormone beneficial for healing and regeneration. This is why sleep, deep restorative sleep is so essential to the healing process.

Drumming produces deeper self-awareness by inducing synchronous brain activity

Research has demonstrated that the physical transmission of rhythmic energy to the brain synchronizes the two cerebral hemispheres. When the logical left hemisphere and the intuitive right hemisphere begin to pulsate in harmony, the inner guidance of intuitive knowing can then flow unimpeded into conscious awareness. The ability to access unconscious information through symbols and imagery facilitates psychological integration and a reintegration of self.

Drumming also synchronizes the frontal and lower areas of the brain, integrating non-verbal information from lower brain structures into the frontal cortex, producing according to Winkelman: “feelings of insight, understanding, integration, certainty, conviction, and truth, which surpass ordinary understandings and tend to persist long after the experience, often providing foundational insights for religious and cultural traditions.”

6 Frequencies Used By Ancient Cultures To Heal And Connect To The Divine

Can sound effect you on more than an emotional level? Sure it can. Sound has a whole level of usefulness that we’re only beginning to discover; from successfully helping us transcend the blood-brain barrier in the medical field, to the noise of certain street lamps putting us on edge, there’s a lot more going on than we really notice. There are entire ranges of perception we can’t pick up on normally, and it’s a bit strange that one of the few that we can detect receives such little merit. Over the past few decades, however, it seems we finally realize that sound is useful for more than just entertaining, communicating, and pissing off your neighbors.

In the 70s, there were two doctors who supposedly rediscovered a set of frequencies that resonate with the mind on a primal level. Who are these doctors? Enter Dr. Joseph Puelo and Leonard Horowitz, a pair of behavioral scientists turned psychonaut after having what I’ll call a ‘Gnostic calling.’ Using numerology they uncovered a set of specific sounds that can affect someone on a spiritual level. They wrote a book and joined the raging psychedelic movement of the 1970s. So what did they find?

They stumbled upon a set of frequencies, with corresponding effects, each of which is linked with a syllable of the old Solfege scale. The Solfege scale was a Benedictine style of teaching tones for choir singing. We can see its descendants named off in the scale used in The Sound Of Music. You know the scene.

Some knowledge:

  • UT – 396 Hz – turning grief into joy, liberating guilt & fear
  • RE – 417 Hz – undoing situations & facilitating change
  • MI – 528 Hz – transformation & miracles, repairing DNA
  • FA – 639 Hz – relationship, connecting with spiritual family
  • SOL – 741 Hz – expression/solutions, cleaning & solving
  • LA – 852 Hz – returning to spiritual order

So these are the frequencies, with their corresponding effects. Either by playing the tone and meditating, or listening to music written with the scale (Which has been extended to 9 notes, more on that later), one could experience change through these frequencies.

Does it work? My first instinct is to tell you to check it out yourself because the resources are definitely there if you have access to Youtube and an extra hour to burn, but there’s also a good amount of theory and precedent suggesting that the frequencies are effective. There is a computer program by the name of brain.fm that has proven effective for behavioral sound therapy. Soothing soundscapes carefully embedded with the sacred frequencies allow for the access to altered states of consciousness for the purpose of focus, relaxation, and even sleep with documented success and compelling testimonies.

A much older example is Gregorian Chants, which uses a very similar scale. Gregorian chants have been hailed as a successful tool for trance work, and acknowledged as calming and serene by multitudes of audiences throughout the years, and may owe that success to use of these frequencies.

Candace Pert, Ph.D., Author of ‘Your Body is Your Subconscious Mind,’ had several theories about core vibrations affecting the human body, and had much to say about natural resonances being able to affect the human body. (See: Molecules of Emotion ). A true master in her field, Dr. Pert took a huge step in bringing the Holistic Method into the real medical forefront, as well as establishing credence for more abstract thinking in medical research.

So if these frequencies were so useful and effective, why were they not realized in the west until the 70s? This was most likely due to the change to a perfect interval scale system in western music, which shifted the base frequencies used to tune notes. All of the Solfeggio frequencies are slightly off from these notes, and while the perfect interval system standardized music, part of music’s effectiveness was supposedly lost.

The amount of older cultures that view singing, choir work, and music as a magical entity support the fact that these frequencies were familiar to mystics of our olden times, but not quite known by the same terms. Any old culture you point to, they most likely had some sort of legend or tale about someone who could sing the wounded and sick back to health, and it likely had something to do with the system rediscovered by the researchers of the 70s.

With fairly little digging, one could even experiment with the frequencies themselves. Due to the scale being upgraded to 9 frequencies, several groups have made music that exclusively uses the Solfeggio Frequencies, as well as several resources using just the bass frequencies.

There has always been something mystical and present in the world of sound, but never quite able to be identified accurately. There are several frequencies, and the scales to define them, that reside outside of regular human perception, as is the idea that said hidden vibrations have untapped uses. Sitting on the throne of these concepts is Music itself. Music has always affected humans rather profoundly and continues to be the cornerstone for civilizations, and their microcosms, subculture.

Everyone is looking at the universe, trying to peer through the cracks and discover what they hope is the energetic code of our common reality. Some use patterns of thought, others use history, and yet others try and use something just a little more concrete. There’s constant talk of Vibration being the base code for reality, and multiple theories supporting that logic. After all, frequency and vibration are one of the few bits of substance we can actually measure. For centuries, mystics and shaman have used certain tones to influence and foster positive change in their people. In the past hundred years, our scientists have begun to follow the steps of the forerunners, even if only stepping lightly.

How Drumming Heals The Body, Mind, And Soul

Drumming is as fundamental a form of human expression as speaking and likely emerged long before humans even developed the capability of using the lips, tongue and vocal organs as instruments of communication.

The first sound we ever heard while still in our mother’s womb, was the beating of her heart, and the rhythm of her breath. No matter our race, gender, age, religion or belief system, this common experience exists for all human beings.

When newcomers are first introduced to drumming, they often say “oh, I don’t have any rhythm,” in an attempt to excuse themselves for their imagined inadequacy.

The truth is We All have Rhythm!

Rhythm is our natural inheritance. It exists in our bodies, our hearts, our breath. It exists in the vibration of atoms, the cycles of the seasons, the ticking of clocks, the orbit of the earth. There is no part of creation that is without rhythm!

Drumming is a practice that spans the globe and has a presence in every culture. It has been used for centuries in rituals, ceremonies, communication, rites of passage, music and dance, celebration, healing, community building, and cultural events.

Drum therapy is an ancient approach that uses rhythm to promote healing and self-expression. From the shamans of Mongolia to the Minianka healers of West Africa, therapeutic rhythm techniques have been used for thousands of years to create and maintain physical, mental, and spiritual health.

Current research is now verifying the therapeutic effects of ancient rhythm techniques. Recent research reviews indicate that drumming accelerates physical healing, boosts the immune system and produces feelings of well-being, a release of emotional trauma, and reintegration of self.

Other studies have demonstrated the calming, focusing, and healing effects of drumming on Alzheimer’s patients, autistic children, emotionally disturbed teens, recovering addicts, trauma patients, and prison and homeless populations. Study results demonstrate that drumming is a valuable treatment for stress, fatigue, anxiety, hypertension, asthma, chronic pain, arthritis, mental illness, migraines, cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, paralysis, emotional disorders, and a wide range of physical disabilities.

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REDUCES TENSION, ANXIETY, AND STRESS

Drumming induces deep relaxation, lowers blood pressure, and reduces stress. Stress, according to current medical research, contributes to nearly all disease and is a primary cause of such life-threatening illnesses as heart attacks, strokes, and immune system breakdowns. A recent study found that a program of group drumming helped reduce stress and employee turnover in the long-term care industry and might help other high-stress occupations as well.1

Increases Brain White Matter & Executive Cognitive Function

A 2014 study published in the Journal of Huntington’s Disease found that two months of drumming intervention in Huntington’s patients (considered an irreversible, lethal neurodegenerative disease) resulted in “improvements in executive function and changes in white matter microstructure, notably in the genu of the corpus callosum that connects prefrontal cortices of both hemispheres.” The study authors concluded that the pilot study provided novel preliminary evidence that drumming (or related targeted behavioral stimulation) may result in “cognitive enhancement and improvements in callosal white matter microstructure.”

CONTROL CHRONIC PAIN

Chronic pain has a progressively draining effect on the quality of life. Researchers suggest that drumming serves as a distraction from pain and grief. Moreover, drumming promotes the production of endorphins and endogenous opiates, the bodies own morphine-like painkillers, and can thereby help in the control of pain.2

Socio-Emotional Disorders

A powerful 2001 study published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that low-income children who enrolled in a 12-week group drumming intervention saw multiple domains of social-emotional behavior improve significantly, from anxiety to attention, from oppositional to post-traumatic disorders.

BOOSTS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

A recent medical research study indicates that drumming circles boost the immune system. Led by renowned cancer expert Barry Bittman, MD, the study demonstrates that group drumming actually increases cancer-killing cells, which help the body combat cancer as well as other viruses, including AIDS. According to Dr. Bittman, “Group drumming tunes our biology, orchestrates our immunity, and enables healing to begin.”3

ACCESSES THE ENTIRE BRAIN

The reason rhythm is such a powerful tool is that it permeates the entire brain. Vision, for example, is in one part of the brain, speech another, but drumming accesses the whole brain. The sound of drumming generates dynamic neuronal connections in all parts of the brain even where there is significant damage or impairment such as in Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). According to Michael Thaut, director of Colorado State University’s Center for Biomedical Research in Music, “Rhythmic cues can help retrain the brain after a stroke or other neurological impairment, as with Parkinson’s patients…” The more connections that can be made within the brain, the more integrated our experiences become.

Releasing Emotions

Drumming can be used to express emotions whether you want to release alone or in psychotherapy. We can drum a multitude of emotions such as happiness, fear, sadness, and anger. Friedman states “happiness is usually played as a series of rapid, syncopated beats. Fear might be expressed as staccato tappings. Sadness usually evokes slow, ponderous beats while anger becomes hard, loud and energetic.”

Friedman discusses the concept of “Alchemical Drumming” to release unhealthy emotions whether it is anger, frustration or guilt into the drum. Through simply tapping a drum, negative emotions can be transformed into healthy ones.

There is nothing like drumming to bring one into a sense of personal power. It builds self-confidence and esteem. In one exercise we did, we drummed a repetitious beat for over a half an hour to put us in touch with the warrior archetype. This beat conjured up a sense of determination, power and perseverance helping to push through “whiny” thoughts like my hands are sore, my back aches or this is taking too long.

Toning and Sacred Sounds

Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.”

“Everything flows, out and in; everything has its tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum-swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates.” Two of the Hermetic Principals from The Kybalion

SOUND AND CREATION

“The world is sound!”

Sacred sound and vibration were part of many ancient mystery traditions around the world, including the Pythagorean Music of the Spheres and the Surat Shabda Yogic Audible Life Stream. Vowel sounds have been sacred in many languages including ancient Sanskrit, Hebrew, and Chinese as they are the flow where as consonants break up the flow of words. The sound is often part of creation stories, the divine dreaming us then singing or speaking creation into being. Scientists like Dr. Hans Jenny have devoted long study to how the vibration of sound can move inert substances, like blobs of powder or paste, into organic shapes.

WHAT IS TONING?

Like cats purring, our bodies often react with sound to balance our natural energy flow without our conscious mind thinking about it, especially when we encounter tense or painful situations. We may cry out “ouch” when we are hurt, laugh, cry, hum, groan or moan to balance ourselves or to help ease others.

Toning is simply the creation of sustained vocal sound, the audible vibration of breath, often nonverbal and based on vowel sounds. These sounds are a generative force and can be used for energizing, balancing, release, creating community, expression of joy, and to facilitate healing on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels. Though there may be principles to use as a guide, toning is a very personal expression so feel free to experiment and feel out what works for you. Toning requires no vocal training or singing ability and can be profoundly helpful in re-establishing the natural flow of energy through our bodies, opening us to the ability to deeply listen, and connect us to the vibrations of our souls, bodies, and Mother Earth.

HOW DO I DO IT?

To begin toning get comfortable, you can sit, stand, lie down, or dance. Keep your spine straight (unless you’re dancing) and relaxed to help the energy flow through your body.

Take three deep cleansing breaths, releasing the tension in your body, especially in your jaw and tongue.

Focus on your intention, it can be helpful to warm up by toning “OHM” or “HMM,” take a deep breath and exhale making a long vowel sound, breathe in and exhale a long vowel sound again.

Keep breathing and toning for a period of time, if you’re toning in circle let your voices overlap as each one of us will breathe differently, tone any vowel sound, pitch (high or low), and volume that feels comfortable, if you’re toning with a group listen to how the sound that you’re making waves with the others in the room.

When the toning fades sit in silence for a time and feel how the energy is moving in your body, listen internally… without judgment notice where you may have stuck places or pain, notice if emotions come up when you’re making certain sounds…

Trust your own intuition and feel in your own body how the different vowel sounds resonate.

Try toning with your eyes open, closed, and with soft focus.

Toning can help quiet the mind and find our true voice, but our thinking selves can also interject lots of stuff, we may feel bored, irritated, anxious, fearful… while toning, as with silent meditation notice these thoughts and emotions as they arise and use your breath to help you move them out. Our breath is a wonderful gift, it brings us back to the present moment. The emotions we are feeling are also gifts, the result of moving energy in our bodies, some we no longer need though and can release.

It is best to tone with a specific intention, allowing us to focus the energy of our breath and the moment to energize that intention. Sound vibrations can be used for external and internal healing and to empower our personal and collective voices.

Follow the cues of your body. Yawn, move, stretch, swallow, drink water, pause and stop as you need to. If you feel light headed or ungrounded when you finish toning you can tone “OHM”, or hop up and down, feeling your feet on the earth and voice what ever sound comes as you jump.

THE IMPORTANCE OF INTENTION

When we make a sound we are engaging in the act of creation, where ever our hearts are when we make sound determines the energy we are projecting out into the world. Many creation myths begin with the divine dreaming life than singing or sounding it into being with sacred words or sounds. Because our voice comes from deep inside our bodies, near our hearts, it can be very effective at transmitting our intention, which is formed by our minds and hearts, and charged during the space between our inhale and exhale (the solstice) when our breath is closest to our hearts.

It is thought that at this point of our breath cycle between the intake of air and exhalation of breath our bodies lock into a frequency wave of 7.8 cycles per second, the same frequency of the Earth, connecting us back to the divine Earth Mother with each breath.

The intention we hold is the consciousness behind the energy we put out, the sound we make, the actions we take. It can help to visualize your intention in a way that feels meaningful to you, as healing light, beautiful threads of connection. Your intention may be to transmit or open to soothing, calming, energizing, healing, loving, compassionate, connective energy, or to come into alignment with the divine and our higher selves, to be a channel for the voice of the earth if you’re toning outdoors, or to connect with the wind and air element as you take it into your body with each inhale and merge your breath with the wind as you exhale.

WHAT HAPPENS PHYSICALLY WHEN I TONE?

The vibration created by toning massages the bones, tissues, fluids, and cells of our bodies, helping the organs find their natal resonance and soften blocks and stagnation caused by repressed feelings that we hold in our bodies.

Toning can help bring balance to the body’s chakra system and the meridians that run through the roof of the mouth, as well as causing the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, which are nestled in our brains very close to the roof of the mouth, to release hormones and energize the endocrine system which can lead to “improved immune function via the hypothalamic-pituitary axis; increased brain hemisphere balance; enhanced healing, emotions, and moods; and a balanced autonomic nervous system.”

Toning can also have a positive effect on our nervous systems, which connects us to the outside world, gathering information with our senses, processing that information through our thinking minds, intuition, and dreams, so we can relate to and communicate with the outer world. The nervous system warns us when we’re out of balance with pain and “nervous” conditions.

All the sounds we make stimulate the vagus nerve. Originating in the medulla oblongata along with the bundle of nerves that run from our brain, the vagus nerve threads through our and jaw, connecting to almost all the organs. The vagus nerve is part of the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) and affects heart rate, gastrointestinal peristalsis (which helps move food through our digestive tract), perspiration, and helps us move the muscles to speak and keep our larynx open so we can breathe. Because of the vagus nerve’s connection to the heart and other organs, the vibrations from toning can help lower heart rate, ease blood pressure, pain, stress, and anxiety, and balance the sympathetic (fight or flight response) and the parasympathetic nervous systems.

Toning (like meditation, walking a familiar trail, taking a shower, dream journeys… anything that is familiar, repetitive, and automatic) can help us move into a trance state, where our active mind slows to a theta wave. While in the theta cycle we are more open to the flow of ideas and inspiration, it is often easier to tap into our creativity, release patterns we may be stuck in, access self healing, and find inner clarity because we are naturally more open to what may come to mind, receiving without censoring or judging.

WHAT HAPPENS ENERGETICALLY WHEN I TONE?

“Sound, stars, and light are all inside.” Maharaj Sardar Bahadur Jagat Singh

When we tone, our breath and the vibration of the sounds we are creating help draw our attention and awareness inward while projecting our voices outwards, like the breathing of the Earth through the seasons. Practices like Nada Yoga aim to deepen the connection between body, breath, and sound, working to integrate this turning inward and outward as we integrate our outer and inner worlds. Toning as a practice connects us with our deep inner realm and creates a channel back to the outer world with our voice, opening us to manifest our creative potential and inner knowing.

Many creation stories tell of the divine sounding the name of a thing and then that thing coming into being. If it is from those original vibrations that all things are brought into being, then all things still must resonate with that vibration. It is thought that our bodies, like all things, have a natural vibration. When we experience different emotional and physical states our bodies may vibrate differently. Scientists like Itzhak Bentov have long been how illness can get our natural vibration out of balance and are exploring ways we can realign with it.

Our own voices are powerful healing tools, we feel the vibration of the sound we are making within our bodies as well as hearing the sound we’re making. Toning and sacred sounds that employ high-frequency overtones, like Tibetan Buddhist chanting, Tuvan throat singing, and the Australian didgeridoo are thought to balance the energetics of our brain, stimulating health and wellness by creating deep resonance within the body, allowing the person producing the sound and the vibration to become one.

TONING AND THE CHAKRAS

The different vowel sounds can be used to activate the chakras or energy centers of the body. If you experiment with this system, feel out in your own body where you notice the vibrations of these sounds resonating. Some suggest starting at the Root Chakra with a low sound and making the tones higher as you move up the spine, try out different pitches (high to low) and volumes to see how they feel with you.

The Root Chakra, “UH” as in up, low and guttural, Red

The Sacral Chakra, “OO” as in you, Orange

The Solar Plexus Chakra, “OH” as in go, Yellow

The Heart Chakra, “AH” as in ma, Green

The Throat Chakra, “EH” as in get or “AYE” as in say, Blue

The Third Eye Chakra, “EE” as in free, Indigo

The Crown Chakra, “EEE” even higher or “MM” a hum, Violet or white

If you make the “EEE” sound for your crown chakra it is suggested you tone the highest pitched sound you can and visualize opening to the divine, angelic realm. Be gentle and try not to strain your voice. Ideally, this is a practice you develop over time.

TONING IN COMMUNITY

When we tone together as a circle, not only do we begin to hear and feel how our individual voices begin to weave and meld together, we also have the opportunity to focus as a group to build energy for a common intention. The communal intention of healing or energizing ourselves, offering that to others outside the group, or to the Earth herself, is a powerful gift.

We can also offer the vibration of our voices to an individual within the group, bathing her with sound. To do this let one woman get comfortable and relaxed in the center of the circle. The rest of the circle can gather around and tone for a period of time, holding a loving, supportive, nurturing intention for the woman in the center. After some time has passed and the toning fades, rest in the silence, whether you’re in the center or part of the circle, and feel how the vibrations are moving in your body and the room. A variation of this can be done by chanting the central woman’s name over and over again.

AS RELATED TO CHANTING:

Thinking about the word enchant means “to sing” (en-cantare, or en-chanter), or “to endow with magical properties” and offers insight into the power we tap when we chant or tone. Chanting or using a Mantra, the repetitive use of a sound or phrase, are also ways to enter a trance and open to a Theta brainwave pattern. The word mantra comes from the roots manas, meaning mind and tra, meaning protection. The mantra or chant protects our minds from wandering when we’re trying to meditate. Different chants can help you set your intention, for example using a chant that invokes a deity or state of being, like compassion or love.

IN CLOSING

A sound has long been seen as the link between the human world and spirit. As such, toning can be a powerful tool, helping us open to our essential selves, share our authentic voice, and open to the divine in this moment and help us create transforming and healing energies for ourselves, those around us, and Mother Earth herself.

We can learn about sacred sounds by listening to nature, finding our breath and heartbeat in the bird and whale song, the waters of tumbling stream and crashing ocean waves, the wind through the trees.

We can also find that wisdom in the trance inducing monotonous or ecstatic polyrhythmic drumming of traditional peoples around the world.

Toning as a practice can help us open to our own inner vibration as it is one with the vibration of all things, the very Music of The Spheres.

DAILY PREDICTIONS FOR TUESDAY, 15 AUGUST 2017

General Daily Predictions: Moon will form a square with the Sun, forming the Third Quarter today. Although this will happen while Moon is still in Taurus, after that it will enter the Zodiac of Gemini. By doing so it encourages us to be more social and communicative. Unfortunately, these things may not be as easy as they should. The energies of the upcoming Solar Eclipse are by now strong enough. In the same time, all the karmic and death planets are highlighted, including the Nodes, and only Chiron in a good way. Therefore, contact with the other planes, willingly or not, is very possible, as well as karmic events. It would be wise to be extra careful, and even more so if we engage in dangerous activities.

Pisces and then Cancer and Scorpio are the zodiacs we should consider as the luckiest for the day. Leo, Capricorn, and Sagittarius will be the most stressed ones.

Daily Predictions for Aries:

How are the relationships between your loved one and your friends? Issues hiding there, or at least keeping their mouth shut, will be yelling today. Even if you are not in a relationship, critic and the like about your love life and its past will be present. Be patient. On top of that, an ex may reappear.

Daily Predictions for Taurus:

Have you ignored some things you had to do for your home? Today they may become very demanding. You may need to spend quite some money on repairs and things like that, in a period you’d seriously rather not to.

Daily Predictions for Gemini:

On one hand, you want to be with your close friends. On the other hand, this may irritate you a little too much. Best case scenario is that you won’t be able to arrange to meet any of them, but even if you do meet them, things don’t look very happy. No real problems. Just your bad mood and also theirs.

Daily Predictions for Cancer:

You may encounter some problems with your co-workers. Some issues in the work and uncalled suspicions fall on you, or things of a similar nature. You probably feel your work and money related intuition a little too strong today, but in most cases, this will be misleading, so be cautious. On the other hand, your intuition for other matters is indeed strong today.

Daily Predictions for Leo:

This is not a pleasant day for you for the most of it. You feel too judgemental towards yourself and towards the people around you. You also receive a generous amount of critic from them. Be kind to yourself and all the rest. Some people of your past may reappear and remind you of good or bad times. In both cases, this doesn’t feel good right now.

Daily Predictions for Virgo:

A difficult day for career matters. You are forced to re-evaluate past decisions and you tend to spend too much time in “What if”s and “I should have done that”s. Try to avoid this. It just destroys your mood. Learn from past mistakes and correct what you can correct in the present.

Daily Predictions for Libra:

Dreams you had in the past about how your life should have been or should be right now, resurface today. You feel a little too discouraged by the difference between your dreams and reality. Your social circle “supports” this feeling. Don’t indulge too much in self-pity. Count your blessings instead.

Daily Predictions for Scorpio:

This is a very peculiar day for you. Your sixth sense is very strong, and so is your magic. On the other hand, your encounter with other planes is also very probable for you. This may not be as pleasant the moment it happens, but it will be a good experience afterward. Career takes a good turn too, but the turn itself can be stressful in some cases.

Daily Predictions for Sagittarius:

Your marriage, your business partnerships, or both can cause you a great deal of stress, even if you are away from the actual persons. In some exceptional cases though, where these relationships are well founded and well nurtured they will be the cause of a great joy for you today.

Daily Predictions for Capricorn:

Take a good care of your health. Rest well, and keep your mind occupied with happy thoughts. Both your body and your soul need some rest and care. In most cases, this is the beginning of all the ecliptic influence. The presence of death and other planes are strong today too, and work is suspicious. Be calm!

Daily Predictions for Aquarius:

Love life is affected today. Problems come to light. There is tension between you and your spouse or lover. Not anything very much, probably, today, but this is one of the main focuses of the eclipse too, so, it is a good opportunity to take care of whatever you can do now. The closer we are to the eclipse, the harder things will be.

Daily Predictions for Pisces:

There may be some tension in the family today. Parents or parent figures may have some problems on their own or amongst themselves and this causes you more than enough stress. It’s a good time to start taking care of your good health. A better diet is a good start.

Astrology and Magic:

The magic that deals with karma, other planes, and cleansing of negativity are favored. Here are a few of our spells and articles.

That’s all. Have fun and enjoy your day.

Tarot Major Arcana and Crystal Associations

The Tarot Major Arcana and crystals/stones that are associated with each of the 22 cards

The Fool
Journey, trust in the Universe, the child-within, new beginnings
Blue lace agate

The Magician
Consciousness, Conscious mind, directing the will
Clear Quartz, Opal

The High Priestess
Intuition, subconscious, dreams, the bridge between our conscious and Higher selves
Pearl, azurite, chalcedony

The Empress 
Fertility, nurturance, unconditional love, looking at the world as web of relationships
Rose quartz, chrysoprase, morganite, turquoise

The Emperor
 Structure, order, rules, protector, and provider
Amethyst

The Hierophant
Librarian, keeper of knowledge, matters of faith, religion, belief, and morality
Lapis Lazuli, Sugilite, diamond

The Lovers
 Relationship, love
Pink tourmaline, emerald

The Chariot
Motion, balancing opposing forces to work together
Carnelian

Strength
Courage, enthusiasm with the whole life process
Garnet, Ruby

The Hermit 
Integrity, finding one’s own way, self-knowledge
Sodalite, sapphire, blue tourmaline

The Wheel of Fortune
Cycles, pattern, luck
Tigers eye

Justice
Evaluation, balance, Karmic law
Flourite

The Hanged Man
Altered consciousness
Aquamarine

Death
Transformation, sweeping away of the past black
Tourmaline

Temperance
Balance, the union, and harmonization of opposites
Ametrine

The Devil
Shadow self, instinctual urge
Obsidian

The Tower
Cataclysmic force, explosion of false self
Boji stones

The Star
Renewal, healing, hope
Meteorites, celestite

The Sun
Healing, happiness
Sunstone, topaz

The Moon
Natural cycles and rhythms
Moonstone, Selenite

Judgment
Re-Evaluation, the consequences of your actions
Fossils

The World
Accomplishment, reward for our earlier efforts infinite
Alexandrite

Daily Predictions for Sunday, 13 August 2017

General Daily Predictions:

Mercury turns retrograde today and, even worse, by doing so now most of the planets are in retrograde motion. You could say “half”, but truth is that the Sun and the Moon can’t turn retrograde. And whatever the case, if we count Chiron amongst the planets, we have 6 planets in retrograde motion. And this situation isn’t going to change practically, until the eve of the next Full Moon, when the Mercury will turn back in direct motion – Saturn will have turned into direct motion a few days earlier – and the energies of the eclipse will have subdued. So, until then, be extra careful.

The good news is that Sun enlightens Saturn with a triangle which will remain active also until the Full Moon. Of course not as potent as today. Also, the Moon will conjunct Uranus from Aries and will continue doing so after entering Taurus.

Leo, Sagittarius and then Aries and Taurus will be the luckiest zodiacs. Gemini, Libra, and Scorpio will be the most stressed ones.

Daily Predictions for Aries:

Focus is on your money and your possessions. Are you satisfied with them? Do they express the real you, or the “you” you want to express? This kind of questions, as well as plans on how to make things better will occur in your mind. That’s mostly a good thing. Avoid overspending money for whatever reason and also unrealistic plans. With so many retrograde planets, it’s better to search inwards and outwards and calmly decide, but act – if possible – after the 5th of September.

Daily Predictions for Taurus:

For the introvert Tauruses, this will be mostly a pleasant day. You want to build a wonderful life for you. You are motivated to do so. And you prefer to start doing it in the inner planes. Imagination and magic. This is good. That’s exactly what you should do. You may awake some bad memories. Heal them NOW.

Daily Predictions for Gemini:

Planning your day is usually a good thing. Not for today though, as most of your plans will go wrong. Especially the ones that include other people. Try to be patient and calm, as much as possible and also understanding to other people’s needs and schedules.

Daily Predictions for Cancer:

A friend or acquaintance may offer their help to benefit your work situations. Be happy about that, but don’t hold your breath. In most cases, the manifestation of this promise will take more time than you originally imagine. In some cases, it will never become a reality. In any case, though, appreciate the omen.

Daily Predictions for Leo:

You dream big. Today even more so. That’s an innocent sport and if you use visualization instead of bragging this can actually become the foundation of a very bright future. So, do that. Visualize and work your magic. Don’t spend too much time describing your plans and dreams to other people.

Daily Predictions for Virgo:

A good day for journeys in the midst of the eclipses. Of course be careful if you are driving, but I wouldn’t expect any serious problems. Inner journeys and journeys to other realms are also favored. Be a little more cautious when interacting with the realm of the dead, and all will be good.

Daily Predictions for Libra:

A sexual rejuvenation of your relationship or marriage can happen today. Actually, try to do that. If not, the frustration that is building up for some time now will erupt unpleasantly. Those not in a relationship, unfortunately, will have to deal with this frustration. Try to be calm and fantasize the relationship you want to have.

Daily Predictions for Scorpio:

Work and partnerships are the main focus for today. Business partnerships mostly, rather than life ones. Things are either better than they look, or the promises of a bettering are more unfounded than they appear. Confusing, I know, so don’t decide on anything, don’t give any promises. Keep the pieces of information and analyze them on your own time.

Daily Predictions for Sagittarius:

The pleasant feeling continues lurking inside you. Some times without an actual outwardly cause. That’s ok. You feel nice with your life and your self and this is more than a cause on its own. Of course, you see things that need improvement, but you don’t feel overwhelmed by them. So, at the very least enjoy the day, and if you can plan your future actions in order to better your life.

Daily Predictions for Capricorn:

Simple and small things can make us really happy sometimes. This is a day you’ll find yourself face to face with this truth. This “things” can exist inside you or outside of you. For most of you, this will be a pleasant experience and realization. Maybe even more than pleasant. But if you make a habit out of finding problems all around you, you may reach the same realization the hard way.

Daily Predictions for Aquarius:

Family and siblings will probably fill your day. This includes people who you consider as family and siblings. I’m not expecting problems in your relationships with them to surface so it will be a pleasant day in most cases. Any unpleasant feeling will be caused by them sharing some of their problems with you.

Daily Predictions for Pisces:

People you consider important have to spend money and time for you. You want to repay them today. That’s a very good thing to do – of course. Just be careful so that you won’t overspend unnecessarily. You may also feel the need to spend money on gadgets. Unless you actually need something right now, don’t do that. Search, and then wait until the 5th of September before actually buying it.

Astrology and Magic:

Calming, balancing, and awakening your inner joy and energy are today’s forces

That’s all. Have fun and enjoy your day.

How to Clear and Cleanse Your Tarot Deck

Have you ever wondered whether you should clear and cleanse your Tarot deck? Imagine you’ve just bought a new Tarot deck, or you’ve had a particularly challenging reading. It’s not a bad idea to clear and cleanse your Tarot deck and charge your Tarot cards with loads of good, pure energy!

Tarot is all about energy, so if you want to get the best results from your Tarot readings, it’s essential that you’re working with crystal clear energy. That all starts by cleansing your Tarot deck and infusing it with all your good vibes!

So, let’s talk about when to cleanse your deck and how to do it.

WHEN TO CLEANSE A TAROT DECK

You’ll need to cleanse your Tarot deck the first time you buy it, especially if it’s a pre-owned deck.

Remember, decks carry energy so you want to make sure that your deck carries your energy, rather than someone else’s. So make sure you give it a good energy cleanse before you start using the cards.

After you’ve cleansed your new deck, you will probably find that you need to cleanse it again as you continue to read with it. There are no strict rules about when to clear and cleanse your deck – you’ve simply got to trust your intuition about what your deck needs. Sometimes a quick shuffle is enough to clear out any stuck energy. Other times, a full moon bath is called for.

Generally, you’ll know when you need to cleanse your Tarot cards – you will get that niggling feeling that something isn’t quite right with the connection between you and your cards.

Here are some examples of when you may want to cleanse your Tarot deck:

  • You or your Tarot cards have been exposed to a lot of negative energy (for example, a particularly negative client or a challenging situation in your own personal life).
  • Your Tarot readings are confusing and unclear, and you are often drawing a blank with the cards.
  • Other people have touched your cards without your permission.
  • Your cards have fallen on the floor or had some other sort of accident.
  • You haven’t used your Tarot cards for quite some time and you want to reconnect with your cards.
  • You’ve had a major personal transformation and want to refresh your deck with your new energy.
  • It’s a full moon and you want to make the most of its powerful energy.
  • It just feels like now is the right time for a cleanse.

HOW TO CLEANSE A TAROT DECK

There are lots of different ways to clear negative energy and cleanse your Tarot deck.

The important thing is to choose the technique(s) that feel right to you and to the situation (e.g. you might use one technique in between each reading and another technique to cleanse on an annual basis).

Here are some ideas for clearing and cleansing a Tarot deck:

Sorting and Shuffling

Firstly, sort your cards in order, starting with the Major Arcana, then into each of the suits of the Minor Arcana. While you’re doing this, look briefly at each card and remember the special message it has to offer you in your readings.

You can also use this time to check that you have every card in your deck (a few years back, I found that I had been missing the Ace of Swords for quite some time without even realizing it!).

Once your cards are sorted and in order, start shuffling and reinvigorating your cards with your energy. You might like to shuffle seven times, put your cards in a big messy pile and randomly select cards, or simply use a shuffling technique that is comfortable to you.

Knocking or Tapping the Deck

A quick way to release any stuck energy in between readings is to knock or tap the deck 3 times while also visualizing that stuck energy being released. It’s particularly helpful if you’ve had a reading that was quite intense or the energy afterward felt unresolved.

Meditation

Hold your cards in both hands, close your eyes and relax. Allow your mind to be free of any thought and just ‘be’ with your cards. You may then like to visualize the Universal energy being drawn through you and to your cards, surrounding your cards in a protective white light. Those with an understanding of Reiki may like to use this mode of energy healing to cleanse their cards by channeling their healing Reiki energy through the cards. This is personally my favorite as it is easy to do in between readings and it helps me focus and concentrate on my next client.

Moon Bath

The full moon is an excellent source of energy for your cards. On a full moon, you can simply place your cards in a window or even outside to bathe in the moonlight. Alternatively, many people use this time to conduct a special ritual or to cite different incantations for cleansing their Tarot cards.

Smudge Stick

Burn some dried sage or rosemary (or use a store-bought smudge stick) and simply pass the cards through the smoke several times. You can also cleanse any crystals that you use during the process.

Salt Burial

Salt can be used to draw out negative energy from your cards, just like you would use salt to draw out the moisture from a food item in cooking. First, wrap your Tarot in a plastic bag as tightly as you can. Then take an airtight container that is larger than your Tarot deck, place your wrapped cards inside, and completely surround your cards with salt on all sides, above and below. It is imperative that this is an airtight container as salt not only gathers the energies from a Tarot deck well, it also gathers any moisture that might be in the air, potentially damaging your cards. Keep your cards buried in the salt for at least a few days or a week before taking them out and disposing of the salt.

Fresh Air

Just after a rain shower or even in the warmth of the sun, place your cards outside to take in the fresh air and draw in the cleansing rays. Of course, keep in mind the practicalities. Be careful not to place them in a windy position or somewhere where you may end up doing more damage!

Elemental Clearing

Elemental clearing brings your awareness to using different techniques that are aligned with each of the four elements used in Tarot. For example,  use the Salt burial for Earth clearing; for Water clearing, use the Moon Bath or sprinkle a little water on your cards; with Fire clearing, pass your cards over a candle; Use a smudge stick for Air clearing. You may like to go through each of the four elements for a more comprehensive cleansing.

STORING YOUR TAROT CARDS

Now that you’ve cleansed your Tarot deck, here are a couple of ideas on how to store your cards:

  • Store your cards with a quartz crystal which is a wonderful absorber of energies. If you want to keep your crystal ‘clean’ too, then use any of the cleansing techniques above.
  • Place your Tarot cards at a specially made altar in between readings.
  • Use baby wipes to keep your cards clean and to remove any stickiness between cards.
  • Keep your Tarot cards wrapped in a special cloth or stored in a special Tarot box. Different colors have different energy so choose a color that infuses the energy you most want for your Tarot cards:
  • Black – shadows and the unknown
  • Blue – spirituality, and peace
  • Brown – earth and groundedness
  • Green – nature, and fertility
  • Pink – love, and beauty
  • Purple – higher knowledge
  • Red – energy, and vitality
  • White – purity
  • Yellow – joy and happiness

So there you have it! You have lots of different ways you can easily clear and cleanse your Tarot cards to create crystal clear Tarot readings!