Cartomancy

Psychic What?

The word Psychic is a really general term I believe is used to describe the senses we all have but are not really talked about nor fully understood. People describe these senses by saying things like “I had a feeling”, “they have good vibes”, “something was a bit off in there” and so on. Since language has a way of creating barriers and misunderstandings I was always pulled towards the allure of symbolism to describe the human condition – in particular Tarot Cards.

My exposure to the occult arts where symbolism is of enormous importance started with the early realization that ‘something was up’….and I was going to suss it out. Raised as an wild ‘only child’ of the 70’s I preferred to be outside roaming the block to see what kinds of mischief I could get into. Being a pathological snoop I dug into my Mums strange poetry and occult books, ‘played’ with her Tarot Decks – and whatever else I could get my hands on.

The Ungoverned Attitude is what has placed me on the path of the occult where my passion for esoteric and arcane knowledge could be properly fed. And still is – curiosity and imagination are paramount for psychic development.

Straight into my teens I was always up for something different with new and exciting people therefore I managed to have many adventures often learning things the hard way. I came to be in contact with a large variation of situations, personalities and backgrounds opening my eyes to a basic fact of life – we are all connected and have the same basic needs. Coincidences and ‘chance meetings’ are only two of the phenomenon that indicates there is a rhythm and flow to all of this and a certain something that is connecting us all to each other.

So one thing leads to another and as a teen I started ‘reading the cards’ for others – mostly riffing off intuition and the basic symbolic knowledge I had acquired up to that point. Jumping into the abyss in my twenties I started reading professionally in shops, freelancing for individual and group readings and finally working the telephone psychic lines.

A point was reached where a break was required to adjust myself and figure out how to satisfy the clientele expectations in line with my own spiritual and ethical needs. Trial by fire really, making mistakes is how I was learning. I stepped away from the public and went into a solitary mindset where I continued to secretly study and read the cards. The learning needed to be done on my own terms at this point. It still makes me laugh when people say they didn’t know I read the cards…um ok, I like…lived with you lol. People see what they want to see and let’s face it – I didn’t want to be seen! Invisibility will be covered later, a really important skill.

Now I am back in the saddle reading Tarot Cards again – and loving it. In addition to using cards I also integrate crystal sphere, rock and mineral gazing along with light refraction so I can go into a deeper ‘psychic’ state.

A few of the Tarot and Oracle decks I am currently working with are the classic Aleister Crowley ‘Thoth Deck’, Crow’s Magick Tarot by Londa Marks, Judy Hall’s ‘Crystal Wisdom Healing Oracle’, ‘Bohemian Gothic Tarot’ by Baba Studio and Lo Scarabeo’s ‘Tarot of the New Vision’ and ‘After Tarot’ both based on the Rider-Waite deck.

At this point in time I am studying the Robert M. Place’s 2nd edition of the ‘Alchemical Tarot: Renewed’ (with the ‘scandalous’ lovers card),  Raymond Buckland’s ‘Cards of Alchemy’ and the Maybe, Golden and  Primal Lenormand Oracle decks  which is a whole other way of reading cards. Currently I am enrolled in the Lenormand foundation and advanced courses with Camelia Elias. It is awesome and has taken my focus right now, really revitalizing and online from Denmark – totally up my alley for ‘secret study’ time. Information about the courses she teaches can be found at Aradia Academy.

There have been many teachers along the way and the one thing that stood out the most is being taught this simple fact – my abilities are not special! We all have them and they are like muscles – unique to the individual and must be cared for and trained to be strong and useful.

Get out there and practice your psychic skills people!!!

As a side note – when I am sleeping my dreams take me into a psychic space that is another level of ability… the dream world is a very special place for everyone. Deep sleep dreaming and lucid dreaming both take me to very different places, maybe worlds! I like to fly in my dreams and have started propelling myself inside building spaces and at ‘things’, which is a real rush and empowering if it is something that is terrorizing me.

I refer to all that is considered ghosts, elementals, spirits, energy, angels, demons etc. as ‘things’; this is not meant to disrespect – I just simply think we do not have the proper language to articulate what they are. Why else are there thousands of explanations throughout the history of humanity as we know it. Sorry but I do not think one is right and the other is wrong – this is how wars happen. I digress….

Speaking of ‘things’ there is also the subject of seeing when awake….’things’…flying around, walking around, sitting or standing. These ‘things’ trip me out the hardest when I am with people and we both see them – it gives the most delicious goosebumps!! This has happened randomly without provocation so I know it is ‘authentic’; by that I mean we didn’t call it forth so it is not our energy or a specific ‘called forth’ energy we are seeing. It has helped greatly to experience ‘seeing’ things when other people you are with make note of it. I cannot describe how liberating it is when someone else can see with you, when you realize you are not alone it is a relief.

Unique dream experiences and seeing ‘things’ are not at all unusual, they are part of a global phenomenon everyone is experiencing in their own personal way. But the seeing ‘things’ and dream worlds are major topics for another sesh.

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