Saturday, October 31, 2009

What I've Been Doing Lately

More book reviews and articles about Meditations on the Tarot later, but I wanted to give my readers an update on my recent activity. I've been doing astrology charts and tarot readings for others since January, and am becoming very comfortable with both. Family members and friends that I've done charts and readings for have been very happy with the results, and I've been able to use astrology transits to identify current influences and opportunities for action in certain areas.

Last weekend I read at an art show at a local Caribou coffee shop. I ended up doing two readings, which is not bad for my first time reading for people I didn't know. I've also joined The Free Tarot Network.

Also, if any of you are interested in having a Tarot reading or astrology chart done, send me an email, and I'll send you my rates and a pdf brochure.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Book Review: You are Psychic

Further on the theme of "living what we've learned," I'd like to offer for your consideration You are Psychic by Debra Lynne Katz. Not because I'd like all of you to become clairvoyant readers, but because nothing cements new information in your head like witnessing a practical demonstration. I've read the book, and tried a couple of the exercises, and it's the Real Deal.

The book starts with the author recounting stories of multiple successful readings, sufficient to convince a firm skeptic that the matter is at least worth looking into, then proceeds with an interesting idea: that everyone has psychic abilities and can be taught how to access them safely. I use the word "safely" because, according to the author, we're already using these abilities, but unconsciously, and the results reflect that. The first part of the book covers energy and chakras. Next are some training exercises. I've tried the first two, grounding, and calling back your energy. They both have noticeable effects in my experience. The third section of the book covers how to do readings and some associated issues like ethics and business.

I recommend the book to everyone reading this blog, even if you don't plan to do readings for others. Just being able to do this for yourself should make a huge difference in your life. Like I said, I'm trying it myself, and I'll keep you posted on how it goes.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Larry's Notes - Meditations on the Tarot: The Chariot

In this installment of my notes on Meditations on the Tarot, I will be talking about the Chariot. According to the book, this card represents the stage after overcoming the temptations against the three virtues, poverty, obedience and chastity. This is an achievement, but it presents the next temptation: getting an inflated ego and thinking you've reached the top of the mountain when you're actually just at a plateau. The antidote given for this temptation is the old Latin saying: ora et labora or "pray and work." This is effective because of the implicit recognition that there is something higher, and because of the effort expended to continue the journey.

Now this isn't to say that if you have reached that point, that you should take time out to feel the triumph and give yourself some credit for what you've done. At this point, you're living what you've learned and it's become a part of you. That's a good thing. But let's bring in a traditional Tarot interpretation of the Chariot, which is hard control. Control with a lot of effort of will on your part. What comes further down the line is soft control, without even having to think about it (Strength). And if we continue to work and pray, we'll get there.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Book Review: The Magician's Way

This book, like Creative Flowdreaming: Manifesting Your Dreams in the Life You've Already Gotis about creating rewarding experiences for yourself and others. So why review two books on the same subject? Because the approach is different, and one size definitely does not fit all here. The approaches in the two books are both valid, but one or the other may work better for you because it feels more natural.

The approach in The Magician's Way is, as you may expect, analogous to the Magician Tarot card. You focus on what you want, but don't worry about how to get it, and take action to make it happen. Creative Flowdreaming on the other hand, has an approach more like the High Priestess card. Instead of focusing on what you want, you focus instead on how you'll feel when you get it. That way, you leave the possibility open of manifested something that you hadn't thought of that will be even better for you than what you wanted. As you can tell, I prefer the Creative Flowdreaming, but your mileage may vary.

The book brings up a couple of important points. First, our assumptions are often the most important factor preventing us from getting what we want. Even if the assumptions are correct, they can prevent us from looking into alternative methods. Second, we want to hold on to things because we think we need them, when letting them go can sometimes create room for something better.

My recommendation? Read both The Magician's Way and Creative Flowdreaming. Then re-read the book you liked better and make that the basis of your practice. Either way, you have some "What just happened?" moments coming up.