Monday, 14 April 2014

Full Moon In Libra Beckons You To Focus On Positive Relationships

Happy Full Moon everyone!  As usual, the full moon welcomes the closing of that door behind you against what did not serve you in the past,  to open the door to a new beginning filled with abundant possibilities that could set you on a journey towards a more positive life.  

It is not a coincidence that while we open our hearts and minds to transformation during this Full Moon, we are also in the the midst of Holy Week, preparing for Easter this weekend.  And we all know that at Easter, we celebrate rebirth and  renewal after a period of spiritual cleansing.   


During this Full Moon in Libra, you will make this your cause -  You will resolve to release, cleanse and declutter that entire emotional gunk to embrace new perspectives on love and interpersonal relationships.  Yes!  You will cut the cords to negative and toxic relationships that had weighed you down for a long time. Instead, you will focus on maintaining positive relationships.  As you attempt to unveil the sunshine behind the cloud of past relationship issues, remember that the way to do so is not through readjusting your thoughts about these relationships but to  approach it from the heart.  That means, whatever you need to say to people who had hurt you before, be prepared to seek emotional closure by saying what you need to say with feeling and from the heart so that you can move on.  Similarly, with whom you hope to manifest the type of positive relationship that you want, approach it with heart energy and express how you feel with authenticity.


Be conscious about using too much mind energy to analyze the ”why, when and what for” of a past relationship issue, wasting time rationalizing what needs to happen or should have happened.  Instead,  you should be guided by your heart, to muster courage and resolve to remove your ego, so that you can let it all go. 


Today is also governed numerologically by the  number 8. The energy of an 8 day will inspire you to make big and bold decisions.  So harness this energy to courageously make that bold decision to let go of the past so that you can embark on a new beginning towards better and more harmonious relationships in the future.


"Let go. Why do you cling to pain? There is nothing you can do about the wrongs of yesterday. It is not yours to judge. Why hold on to the very thing which keeps you from hope and love?" ~ Leo Buscaglia



About The Writer:

The writer of this blog post is a marketeer by trade, and a tarot card reader by accident. She was awarded a Certified Professional Tarot Reader qualification from the Tarot Certification Board of America (TCBA) and is also a certified numerologist.  She is currently running a Tarot consultancy based in Singapore called Sun Goddess Tarot,  which provides confidential intuitive readings combining the metaphysical disciplines of Tarot, Numerology and Astrology via face to face and emails as well as readings at corporate and private events and workshops.  A member of the American Tarot Association (ATA) and the Tarot Association of the British Isles (TABI), she is also a reader for the Free Tarot Network and mentors Tarot protégés on behalf of the American Tarot Association

Website: www.sungoddesstarot.com
Email:  Joanna@sungoddesstarot.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/SunGoddessTarot
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SunGoddessTarot

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Sunday, 13 April 2014

Tarot Tip Tuesdays - Create Your Own Space As A Professional Tarotist

Whether you are new to Tarot and in the throes of building a connection with your Tarot cards or an advanced Tarot reader diligently honing your Tarot reading skills, I am putting out a Tarot tip a week to help you to consistently make Tarot a part of your everyday life.



So here goes your Tarot Tip for this Tuesday:

There are so many great Tarot readers out there whom I have had the privilege of learning so much from.  Examples of these are Theresa Reed from The Tarot Lady, Brigit Esselmont from Biddy Tarot, Arwen Lynch from Tarot By Arwen.   When I discovered The Tarot Lady, I had so much fun welding Tarot with my yoga practice when I read her work, Light On Tarot. She made a Tarot relatable because in her words, she does not use "astro babble and arcane lingo".  She also mentors Tarot newbies and supports new Tarot business owners with her work Tarot Business In A Box.  When I discovered Biddy Tarot, I learnt to tell stories with each Tarot card interpretation and understand the different facets of these interpretations through her work the Ultimate Guide To Tarot Card Meanings and the companion workbook which my own students had used as they started out their Tarot journey.  Brigit spends a great deal of time focused on mentoring Tarot enthusiasts and making it so easy to pick up Tarot reading as a skill as well as to help Tarot professionals with their businesses through a personalised business coaching program. When it came to Arwen, I knew her through the wonderful blog posts she wrote as my fellow Tarot blog hopper within the community.  What got me to sit up was her work teaching others to use Tarot for writing.  Do check out her Mapping The Hero's Journey e-course.  It promised to have you finish writing your book in 33 days.  That was why she had been referred to as  the "Writers' Tarot Coach". 

So like many other great Tarot professionals out there, these beautiful ladies have established their reputations as professional Tarot readers and mentors with years of experience and well-sharpened intuitive skills under their belt.  All of them ply their trade with different styles, different focus or areas of specializations and deploy different techniques. The question is what is yours?

When I turned professional, I asked the same question and wanted to bring something to the table that was uniquely me.  Having a background as a trained marketing communications professional in the financial industry meant that I could use my intuitive skills to support clients who were mid to senior level careerists by guiding them through their career decisions within the industry.  This was because like them, I had been at similar crossroads of my career several times.  The mode with which I delivered advice to them would be through the combination of Tarot, Numerology and Astrology within a reading.   When it came to coaching and mentoring, I found my niche in mentoring  my Tarot students and helping them in their marketing communications efforts as they set up their respective Tarot reading businesses.  

If you are finding your own niche area of specialization or discovering your own style, I would suggest that you learn from some of the more experienced Tarotists in the international community, but aim to create your own "space".  You can start by asking some of these questions:

1) Who are your target clients?  
2) Amongst them, who and what type of clients are your favourite ones?
3) And amongst your favourite clients, which of their challenges fire you up with passion most?

If I had to answer these questions for myself, my target clients were professionals in the central business district.  Amongst them, my favourite ones were those in the cross-roads of mid-career changes, because I had been there before....several times. And amongst these clients, the challenge that fuelled me with the most passion as I aimed to help them tackle it,  was one where they were making decisions to leave the corporate world to start their own businesses.

So that was how I created my own "space" as a Tarotist.  My skills as a Tarot reader, Numerologist and an Astrologer served to help me "hold that space" for my clients.  While you might have had spent a lot of time and energy developing your skills as a Tarot reader, do not be afraid to also think about creating your own "space" as a Tarotist too,  


May your Tarot cards provide you with a full deck of possibilities throughout your day.


About The Writer:

The writer of this blog post is a marketeer by trade, and a tarot card reader by accident. She was awarded a Certified Professional Tarot Reader qualification from the Tarot Certification Board of America (TCBA) and is also a certified numerologist.  She is currently running a Tarot consultancy based in Singapore called Sun Goddess Tarot,  which provides confidential intuitive readings combining the metaphysical disciplines of Tarot, Numerology and Astrology via face to face and emails as well as readings at corporate and private events and workshops.  A member of the American Tarot Association (ATA) and the Tarot Association of the British Isles (TABI), she is also a reader for the Free Tarot Network and mentors Tarot protégés on behalf of the American Tarot Association

Website: www.sungoddesstarot.com
Email:  Joanna@sungoddesstarot.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/SunGoddessTarot
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SunGoddessTarot

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Combining Tarot With Clairvoyance - A Reading For A Fellow Psychic

I had always combined multiple metaphysical modalities like Tarot, Numerology and Astrology within the readings I did for my clients.  However, I seldom combined any of these with my clairvoyance until recently when I had discovered these skills.   My friend Katherine changed that when she asked me to do a reading for her to identify why she had been having dreams about an old dilapidated manor located in Wales.   Katherine did not live in Wales or anywhere near Wales.  She lived in Belgum.  She had never been to Wales.  However, the name and location of the manor was made known to her in her dreams.  She, like myself,  was in the throes of developing her psychic abilities.  So I thought it would be interesting to share my reading here with Katherine's permission.  This reading is a true account of my friend's story and all names have been changed to protect her privacy.  I have also omitted the exact name and location of the manor to maintain confidentiality of this reading.

For the purpose of the reading, I did some channelling for her, created a Tarot spread and did some research on my own to verify my readings.  The pieces of puzzle came together when she confirmed that my visions were detailing that of her past life, but had brought out its significance and impact on her present life and indeed the future.   So let me explain the process I took.

I did some meditation and visualization work to open all my chakras.  I imagined I was also doing the same with hers, so that I could "assume" he energy.  My crown and third eye chakra was buzzing which tells me hers were truly opened.  However my throat chakra was burning, it felt hot and as if it was stuck with a lump.  So I knew she had a blocked throat chakra which inhibited her ability to express & communicate purpose perhaps.

Then as I went deep into channeling, I did some automatic writing.  Here was a rough sketch of what I scribbled.  These words described what I saw in my mind's eye:

1) Big house; 2) Many people sharing dinner on table, like a celebration; 3)  Man waiting at front door;  4) Woman outside grounds under Big tree; 5) Long pathway or driveway leading to big house; 6) Dog...pet dog, maybe sheep dog? Brown and black; 7) Child playing in tunnel. 8) Child or girl child  playing in cave? Caves near house? 9) Someone  sleeping/waking from slumber 10) Woman reading to someone in wheelchair.

The next thing I did was to design a Tarot spread for her to understand these images in my mind and what significance it had on her.

What are your gifts in past life that you bring to present - 7 Pentacles  Reversed  + The Emperor

The reversed 7 of Pentacles sitting alongside The Emperor formed an image of Katherine's past life when her  father in her past life , who was a very protective and nurturing authoritative figure  made a difficult decision for her as a child to protect her.  He had identified that  whatever he was persevering to do then, was not getting much in return or not creating benefits for family.  So he made that decision to  help save the situation, bring more security and more comfort.   Katherine confirmed this because as a clairvoyant herself,  she saw visions of a past life father who gave her away in marriage to a man who turned out to be terrible husband.
I picked up also that the Emperor was a manifestation of a domineering, authoritative displinarian type.  In which case it affirmed that the 7 of Pentacles reversed was  a short term vision thing from her past life to have her marry this man. 

What are your issues/challenges in past life, that you bring to present life - the Star Reversed + King of cups Reversed 

The King of Cups reversed as a past life issue suggested that her "husband" from the past life had impacted her with his manipulativeness and sulkiness by making her very emotional, and confused about where she stood in the marriage.  She felt so much disharmony and that she could not control her situation thus making her very pessimistic about life then.  

So how this past life issue affected her  present was that her soul today evolved into one which was tolerant, compassionate, supportive, and loving and generous.  Her soul had evolved in this way as a response to her husband in her past life.  So in this life, no matter what circumstance she could be in, for example when she worked for her current husband now but did not enjoy the job, she just did it out of love and support for him.  This explained my burning throat chakra where I felt her inability to express herself.  Katherine confirmed that she disliked working for her husband but felt that she was doing so out of love and support for him. She had never once shared her psychic abilities with him and had not even shared her dreams about the manor.

How do your past life influences affect you in present life ?- Queen of Wands Reversed +  5 of Wands Reversed

The external conflicts and tensions with her husband in the past life had impacted her today because  she was currently affected by her internal conflicts.  The Queen of Wands reversed was representative of a capable, dynamic, passionate, creative person who had no confidence to follow through with creative passion and visions due to fear of being "not believed in" or fear that it will not succeed.   Her past life potential had been "thwarted" by conflicts and tension and her soul was trying not to allow any negativity, doubt or worry thwart her creative passion in this life.


What is the significance of the manor in Wales? - 3 of Cups + Page of Wands Reversed
The 3 of Cups advised Katherine to develop her psychic gift in a group or community of like-minded people, perhaps within a spiritual community.   She should  be opened to her intuitive gifts through the help and support of fellow intuitive friends and explore a spiritual path in the company of others.  Maybe in the future, The manor could be used as a venue for spiritual retreats or a teaching venue for artistic endeavors like painting, art, music and writing.  That was probably why she saw in her own visions, a woman writing in a room within that manor. Katherine later revealed that she was hoping to join a spiritual community to help further hone her psychic skills.  She also revealed that She had a message from her visions to turn the manor into a place of healing for children, perhaps an orphanage or a school for disadvantaged children.   


The manor was likened to the Page of Wands reversed.  Many people over the years had tried to restore the manor to its former glory, some wanted to turn it into a B&B, hotel or apartments but these projects never took off due to structural problems, financial issues and other blockages.  So the manor was left in a state of dilapidation and waste till today.  I believed that  this Page wanted me to tell Katherine that if she turned the manor around for worthy use, by using it as a teaching venue/ spiritual retreat venue or whatever that was meant for the place  to be used as an inspiration to help people, it would be a successful endeavor.

Another thing about the Page of Wands Reversed was that it personified someone young who was immature and had self-image issues.  Perhaps, Katherine's messages were indeed guiding her in the direction of turning the manor into a home for troubled children.


What do you need to do with that dream ?- 2 of Wands + High Priestess

The 2 of Wands  encouraged Katherine to take her creative ideas and turn it into a feasible plan that she knows would lead to her success. It wanted her to step outside of her comfort zone and explore new worlds and new experiences. This card was also about her considering overseas travel to learn  gain new knowledge and plan for her longer term goals. Together with the High Priestess, I believed that her longer term goals was to make a career shift as a psychic healer, spiritual advisor or counsellor. The High Priestess suggested 
that she was about to attain a new level of enlightenment. Katherine had realised the depth of her intuition and have begun to study psychic matters.   Katherine later agreed that she was indeed considering pursuing her psychic ability to put it to better use, and to serve a purpose with it.

If one revisited my visualization and automatic writings detailed at the beginning of this post,  I believed that Katherine had something to do with that child in the tunnel or she was that child in the tunnel in her past life.  As she told me that she had scheduled a trip to visit the manor in Wales after locating it in the internet, I told her to find a tunnel/cave nearby that led to the house.  It had some significance for her.   Katherine later confirmed that there was indeed a tunnel found near the manor that was meant to be used as an escape route for the family during war time.  

My visions had taken me to a long pathway to the manor where I saw a lady stood alongside her dog which had brown and black patches on his coat.  Katherine also confirmed that the lady of the house was named in the historical archives for this manor as Lady Margaret who had inhabited the manor in the 18th century. This lady however was not Katherine but had a message for Katherine which was related to a karmic debt which Katherine had to "pay" in this lifetime.  In my research through the historical records, I discovered that Lady Margaret's family had helped a neighbour with financial issues in that lifetime.  That neighbour was a famous author.  Katherine later told me that in her dream, she had a vision of herself living in the manor and writing lots of books that could serve to "heal" others. Perhaps that was the affirmation of that karmic debt.

The child in the tunnel within my visions could be Katherine. I saw this child emerging from a dark passageway into the light.  I believed that it was telling me that Katherine wass a "spiritual child" about to  grow up or waswaking up from a very long "spiritual sleep

I thought this reading opened a new world of experiences for me that had leveraged my clairvoyant skills.  I was rather proud of myself for being able to combine Tarot with these skills to help support Katherine as she embarked on her spiritual journey.  Katherine also shared with me that she was making a trip to Wales next month to pay the manor a visit as she felt a stronger calling after this reading.


About The Writer:

The writer of this blog post is a marketeer by trade, and a tarot card reader by accident. She was awarded a Certified Professional Tarot Reader qualification from the Tarot Certification Board of America (TCBA) and is also a certified numerologist.  She is currently running a Tarot consultancy based in Singapore called Sun Goddess Tarot,  which provides confidential intuitive readings combining the metaphysical disciplines of Tarot, Numerology and Astrology via face to face and emails as well as readings at corporate and private events and workshops.  A member of the American Tarot Association (ATA) and the Tarot Association of the British Isles (TABI), she is also a reader for the Free Tarot Network and mentors Tarot protégés on behalf of the American Tarot Association

Website: www.sungoddesstarot.com
Email:  Joanna@sungoddesstarot.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/SunGoddessTarot
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SunGoddessTarot


Saturday, 5 April 2014

Looking For Sparkles After Rain


Every first Monday of the month, my friend Andrea Hiltbrunner throws a Blog Challenge where bloggers around the world will blog about a given topic and then link the blogposts together into one big themed blog party.  This month's topic is on Sparkle.  To be honest, I very nearly gave it a miss because it did not sound like a topic that had anything I could write about from the perspective of one on a spiritual path. And I had dedicated my blog Sun Goddess Tarot to my spiritual path.

This weekend, I was proven wrong, and it was perfectly timed as if the Universe just knew.  So this is my contribution to Andrea's Blog Challenge.  You can read Andrea's blog here :  http://www.dreamheart-smartart.ch/2014/04/07/blogchallenge-sparkle/#permalink


GoingThrough A Major Spiritual Shift


In the last few years, when I had come out of the closet as a certified professional Tarot reader, Numerologist and Astrologer, I had made large strides with my spiritual path as I honed these skills and gained more experience.    However in the recent months, when I discovered the gift of mediumship and particularly in the last few weeks, when I learnt to tune into the energies of others, my spiritual path had moved at the speed of Usain Bolt and I could even see sparks flying at the heels of my soul.

In the past, I worked on my clients' issues by understanding their Numerological and Astrological influences then casting a Tarot spread to obtain advice from the cards to deal with these challenges.  Today, I could add a new dimension to these readings.  Before the appointed time I was supposed to meet my clients, I now would do my meditation and visualization work to tune into their energies to understand their issues better.   The Tarot readings were still necessary because they became an affirmation of what I saw through my visualization work prior, and they were a physical source of comfort to my clients.

I felt good that I could help my clients better.  However, I realized that while there were sparks at the heels of my soul, my body was still stranded way back at the starting line, trying it's best to catch up with the "Usain Bolt" of my soul.  As an Empath, I took on the energies of many people around me and involuntarily my mind saw visions of issues that mere strangers were going through.  My body was exhausted and my mind was always distracted.  I often felt the sadness, pain and anguish of others.  I could not control my visions.  I hollered for help to manage my intuitive gifts and help came from a fellow channeller.

My friend Andrea channelled for me last week and said, " You need to take care of yourself Jo, I can see you lack water.  You need to go for a swim, or be near water, drink plenty of water." So today, I took her advice and went down to the river wth my camera.  Guess what I saw?


Seeing Sparkles Everywhere


I saw sparkles.  I saw sparkles everywhere.  They were glistening in the water as the reflection of the sun bounced across the river when it peeked from behind the clouds after a rain. I saw sparkles across the grass. Sunlight was dancing with the raindrops caught in between the blades of grass.  I saw sparkles in the trees. They were birds fluttering in the branches, shaking the water off their feathers after a rain.   I remembered that the thunderstorm this morning added to my gloom and made me feel even more exhausted to the point of my wanting to head back to bed even after I had showered, changed  and was ready to get out and about.  However, when i took Andrea's advice to get out to a place with water and ended up walking along the river.  That was the best thing I had ever done for myself.

When it rained so heavily earlier, I saw the birds taking shelter in the trees, the grass just opened itself to the warm rains and the river just flowed nonchalantly as it usually did.  Nothing changed.  It was as if they all knew the sun was coming out quite soon.  Within me, I felt that the major shift happening to my spiritual path was like a big rainfall cleansing me from the residual resistance I had about my abilities.  It was cleaning away my preconceived notions about these abilities shaped by my rational mind. Most of all, it was washing away my ego.

When the rain stopped, the sunshine made everything looked cleaner, brighter, better and more beautiful.  It dawned on me that I needed to feel the "thunderstorm" within myself, to understand the "thunderstorm" in the lives of others. And I needed to understand the "thunderstorm" in the lives of others. so that I could add the sunshine back in their lives.  

I whispered my thanks to the Universe for this special message to me.  I knew deep in my heart that if I trusted and surrendered to the ways of the Universe, I would come out of this alright.


About The Writer:

The writer of this blog post is a marketeer by trade, and a tarot card reader by accident. She was awarded a Certified Professional Tarot Reader qualification from the Tarot Certification Board of America (TCBA) and is also a certified numerologist.  She is currently running a Tarot consultancy based in Singapore called Sun Goddess Tarot,  which provides confidential intuitive readings combining the metaphysical disciplines of Tarot, Numerology and Astrology via face to face and emails as well as readings at corporate and private events and workshops.  A member of the American Tarot Association (ATA) and the Tarot Association of the British Isles (TABI), she is also a reader for the Free Tarot Network and mentors Tarot protégés on behalf of the American Tarot Association

Website: www.sungoddesstarot.com
Email:  Joanna@sungoddesstarot.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/SunGoddessTarot
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SunGoddessTarot
Blog: http://sungoddesstarot.blogspot.com


By the Singapore River

At the Kallang Riverside Park. The rain did not stop these tourists from enjoying the sights

At the Kallang Riverside Park.  Watching dragon boaters in action. Looks like hard work.

Tarot Tip Tuesdays - Tune Out Skepticism And Tune Into Self

Whether you are new to Tarot and in the throes of building a connection with your Tarot cards or an advanced Tarot reader diligently honing your Tarot reading skills, I am putting out a Tarot tip a week to help you to consistently make Tarot a part of your everyday life.



So here goes your Tarot Tip for this Tuesday:

You have learnt to read the Tarot cards for awhile and have been excitedly practising your readings on others.  Some are grateful for your skills, others will view it with curiosity and attempt to "try you out", and there are even more out there who think you will end up a looney old lady living alone in a nursing home, talking to your Tarot cards. 

Yes.  Expect skepticism from others.  When I started out, I had questions like "Where did you park your broom?", "Is it black magic?" or "What science is this?"  Just remember  that skepticism is often a result of lack of understanding of what you do.  it happens in every career choice one might make and not necessarily confined to the experience of a Tarot reader.  So remember that when you are confronted by questions like these, just explain it with the genuine intent to educate them.  Be opened about your philosophy about Tarot.  Help them understand that it is not a fortune-telling tool, but a tool that helps provide guidance and options to help them make their own decisions.  If they are opened to the idea,  give them a mini reading to let them experience your style. 

What is worse than facing skepticism from others, would probably be facing skepticism from within you.   Sometimes, your rational mind will come in the way of your intuition.  Remember that a healthy dose of skepticism is really okay.  As you spend more time practicing your readings, you will be more confident with your skills.  All you will need is a good mix of consistent practice and the ability to tune out the noises of scepticism from others and yourself, to better tune into yourself. 

May your Tarot cards provide you with a full deck of possibilities throughout your day.


About The Writer:

The writer of this blog post is a marketeer by trade, and a tarot card reader by accident. She was awarded a Certified Professional Tarot Reader qualification from the Tarot Certification Board of America (TCBA) and is also a certified numerologist.  She is currently running a Tarot consultancy based in Singapore called Sun Goddess Tarot,  which provides confidential intuitive readings combining the metaphysical disciplines of Tarot, Numerology and Astrology via face to face and emails as well as readings at corporate and private events and workshops.  A member of the American Tarot Association (ATA) and the Tarot Association of the British Isles (TABI), she is also a reader for the Free Tarot Network and mentors Tarot protégés on behalf of the American Tarot Association

Website: www.sungoddesstarot.com
Email:  Joanna@sungoddesstarot.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/SunGoddessTarot
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SunGoddessTarot



Monday, 31 March 2014

Tarot Tip Tuesdays - Code Of Ethics

Whether you are new to Tarot and in the throes of building a connection with your Tarot cards or an advanced Tarot reader diligently honing your Tarot reading skills, I am putting out a Tarot tip a week to help you to consistently make Tarot a part of your everyday life.



So here goes your Tarot Tip for this Tuesday:

The code of ethics is a critical foundation of a tarot reader’s practice.  If you are intending to read tarot professionally, do draft  a set of code of ethics to which you should firmly adhere. When I had set up my consultancy, Sun Goddess Tarot, I did just that and mine went like this:
1) I will only speak the truth from what I have read in the cards
2) I will not judge you whatever the outcome of the reading may be
3) I will provide my sincere advice in the hope that you can uncover possible solutions to your situation
4) I will not accept questions related to lottery or other luck-based games
5) I will not offer any advice outside the scope of my expertise including financial, legal, religious and medical advice
Also, do ask for the code of ethics from your local or international Tarot community like the American Tarot Associstion (ATA) and the Tarot Association of the British Isles (TABI)  if you do have a membership to one.   
Whether you drafted your own or followed the code of ethics set by your Tarot community, always precede your Tarot readings by clearly stating your code of ethics to your clients.
I would never promise my clients that I could answer any questions they wanted, when they came to see me for a Tarot reading.  Clearly, not all questions could be answered with Tarot cards.  Moreover,  there are some questions that could border on crossing the boundaries within which my code of ethics as a certified professional Tarot reader had been set.  

Some examples of these are questions about pregnancy or surgery.  If you want to know how an impending surgery would pan out, or if you could ever get pregnant or when you could get pregnant or worse, what sex the baby may be, please do visit a qualified medical practitioner.  

Other examples includ financial/investment related questions  and questions pertaining to outcomes of legal issues.  If these are looming in my client's head, I would ask him or her to consult a qualified financial advisor or a lawyer respectively.

Above and beyond these, confidentiality is key.  As Tarot readers, we have a responsibility to our clients to ensure what had been discussed at the table remained at that table.  There is an unspoken trust between a client and the reader which should not be violated either way.

Over time, when you govern the line of questions that a client might ask with your code of ethics, you would find it much easier to focus on being advice-centric with your readings and there would be greater transparency when it comes to managing expectations between your client and yourself.

May your Tarot cards provide you with a full deck of possibilities throughout your day.


About The Writer:

The writer of this blog post is a marketeer by trade, and a tarot card reader by accident. She was awarded a Certified Professional Tarot Reader qualification from the Tarot Certification Board of America (TCBA) and is also a certified numerologist.  She is currently running a Tarot consultancy based in Singapore called Sun Goddess Tarot,  which provides confidential intuitive readings combining the metaphysical disciplines of Tarot, Numerology and Astrology via face to face and emails as well as readings at corporate and private events and workshops.  A member of the American Tarot Association (ATA) and the Tarot Association of the British Isles (TABI), she is also a reader for the Free Tarot Network and mentors Tarot protégés on behalf of the American Tarot Association

Website: www.sungoddesstarot.com
Email:  Joanna@sungoddesstarot.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/SunGoddessTarot
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SunGoddessTarot

Saturday, 29 March 2014

The Reluctant Empath

To Be Able To Feel So Deeply Is Both A Blessing And A Curse

I have been constantly feeling drained.  This had been happening for years, and I used to think that that was caused by a life of poor diet, insufficient sleep and work stress.  However, several years later, after fixing my health issues with a daily dose of balanced nutrition, some physical activity like yoga, brisk walk or sessions with the personal trainer at the gym, my health was back on the mend but my constant exhaustion seemed to get worse.


I also noticed that my  "gut feeings" got increasingly more sensitive.  I often accurately picked up sentiments, or issues that someone else was facing just after a few minutes of talking to him or her.  I sometimes picked up on a pain or an ailment that a friend living far away might be suffering from just because I thought about her at a particular moment or was communicating wth her via Facebook at that time,  When a friend told me that her uncle had passed away a few months ago, I suddenly felt that I was being choked and could not breathe,  I was told later that her uncle died of breathing complications.  When a client told me that her sister had passed away, I felt a sudden pain at the back of my head and found out later that her sister had died of brain tumor.  More importantly, in circumstances like these, I often felt a cord of bereavement and sadness tied between these friends and their loved ones who had passed on, and it was obvious that they had difficulty letting go.  I went into panic attacks when I felt the fear, anxiety or disappointment that my clients were going through.  These situations were often so intense that I did not need my Tarot cards to tell me more about them.

These, and many other observations I had gleaned about myself over the years became more intense this year and It was through conversations with similarly intuitive friends and  mentors that I found out that I was an Empath.   To read up more about an Empath, do read the article here : http://theknowing1.wordpress.com/2011/07/01/at-a-glance-30-traits-of-an-empath/

It became a curse when I found it difficult to control the negative energies that I took on from others. It drained me considerably when I felt the pain and sufferings of other people.  I felt like a hypochondriac, developing imaginary aches and pains that were not actually there in my body. Or I might feel low and depressed because I saw the anguish of a friend's brother for example, through her eyes although she lived in the US and I lived in Singapore.   I felt her pain of not knowing how to help him, while at the same time I felt her brother's anxiety and anger that he had been going through.  I gleaned all that without her providing me the details and I spent a day nursing a migraine and back pain because of this.

It became a bigger curse as my very close friends and colleagues were aware of my gift of clairvoyance and mediumship, and would diplomatically tell me, "keep it to yourself".  I have even got friends who were uncomfortable about having a nice quiet dinner with me just because they "don't want to know."

However, just as it was a curse, It became a blessing when I realized my empathy helped me understand my clients' life journeys enough for me to help support them along the way.  Being an Empath helped me feel what they felt within their situations and understand them better.  Being a psychic Empath helped me focus on the root cause of their situations and provide them with better advice to deal with them.

 Learning To Be Gentle With Myself

When I realized that I needed to quickly learn to control and manage my intuitive gifts positively, I began a search for answers.  Yesterday, the most important thing I had learnt was encapsulated in the words of Danielle Dove -  "the best way of getting rid of my feelings of insecurity, was to get on my path of serving my life purpose".  My feelings of insecurity had always been a stumbling block, a hurdle placed across my path by my ego.  My insecurity reared it's ugly head when I feared how others thought about me or worse, I was so worried that when I interpreted anything based on my gut feel, it could  be wrong because my rational mind started to analyze it and mentally build a business case for what could explain that gut feel in practical terms.

So this week, I learnt to be gentle on myself. I learnt to acknowledge my intuitive gifts, and more so, I learnt to acknowledge some of the pitfalls of my gifts like the insecurities, the constant drain on my energy and the pains or sadness I had absorbed from other people.  I asked myself then, "What were these experiences attempting to teach me and what purpose did they have for their existence before sending them some love and light for healing.  

I learnt to take care of myself better,  I rested when the body and mind told me it needed rest to recharge and recuperate.  I learnt to listen more intently to my clients and look beyond the Tarot Cards, Numerology and Astrology for more insights that could help offer them even better advice.  I learnt to meditate with better focusedness and clearer intent, visualizing what I had intended to manifest at the end of the meditation session.  I learnt to ask for help from the Universe for everything, shedding away my ego and my pride.   When I needed help to stay grounded when it got all too much for me, my mind and body automatically went on "rest" mode.  When I felt a calling to sink my feet deep within the grass, I would gather the dogs and go out for a walk by the beach.   


Guided By The Empress

Today, I meditated to the Empress card.  I picked the card from the Radiant Rider Waite deck.   The Empress depicted within the card wore a crown of stars which suggested her connection to the mystical realm of angels and spirit guides.  She had an intuitive connection to the divine which allowed her to tune in to the messages she needed to fill the earth with her love and abundance.  It was a message for me to tune into my higher self  and trust the messages it provided that was necessary for the healing of my clients and myself.   The Empress was full-bodied and pregnant, dressed in a rich robe with images of pomegranates printed on her robe.  This hinted to me that I had to be ready for the birth of a new aspect of myself, a new awareness of my capabilities and what it could do for my clients and myself.  The Empress sat amongst lush greenery.  She was an archetypal earth mother, very connected with nature.  She called to me to be grounded and renew my spirit by re-connecting with nature regularly.  I needed that. When it got all too much for me, I needed to go walk barefoot in the park and feel the wind in my face.

The Empress was governed by the planet Venus which was the planet of love and harmony.  She reminded me that I must always come from a place of pure intent, directing my gifts to serve only the highest good, in love, truth and light.  I must trust my instincts and my intuition, even without the use of my Tarot cards, my Numerological calculations or my Astrological assessments.  I had to learn to create harmony of body, mind and spirit within myself so that I could better help others. 

The Empress guided me  to learn to trust my own capabilities to manifest healing with my gifts as an Empath.



About The Writer:

The writer of this blog post is a marketeer by trade, and a tarot card reader by accident. She was awarded a Certified Professional Tarot Reader qualification from the Tarot Certification Board of America (TCBA) and is also a certified numerologist.  She is currently running a Tarot consultancy based in Singapore called Sun Goddess Tarot,  which provides confidential intuitive readings combining the metaphysical disciplines of Tarot, Numerology and Astrology via face to face and emails as well as readings at corporate and private events and workshops.  A member of the American Tarot Association (ATA) and the Tarot Association of the British Isles (TABI), she is also a reader for the Free Tarot Network and mentors Tarot protégés on behalf of the American Tarot Association

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The Empress from the Radiant Rider Waite Tarot deck updated by Virginijus Poshkus