Taking Time for Yourself

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Take time to nurture yourself and really feed your spirit. Get back to basics with a little rest and relaxation. Spiritually cleanse and release anything that is limiting and depleting in your life, to make room for new and exciting experiences. When you put your needs first, the Universe will respond with beautiful blessings and your life will fill with pure energy.

The Lilies from Shaheen’s Tattered Nomad Oracle 

Touching the Divine: Praying With Tarot

Prayer is touching the Divine with reverence…giving your hopes, fears and dreams to the Divine, and then listening. Most people pray daily, whether or not it’s a sacred solemn hour of prayer or quick “note to God” in the car… most people pray! But what they don’t do is listen.

When you pray you must listen, and not only listen but also find the heart of your prayer! Most prayers are superficial, not to say they come from a superficial place, but most prayers only touch the surface of what is really stifling a person. You must explore the depth of what you are asking for.

Have you ever thought about praying with Tarot? The cards are a language for you to communicate with the Universe. So why not touch the Divine by praying with the Tarot? The beauty here is that you create a dialogue with the Universe. You pray and the Universe speaks.

Passivity in prayer is a downfall. The Universe asks you to be a co-creator in your reality. You aren’t a helpless puppet falling prey to the whim sand fancy of some person in the sky! You are a vibrant, energetic being, casting beautiful rays into the world! You are DIVINE! You must pray like you are divine!

Prayer is a partnership! Pray as a creator. Pray and listen. Pray and communicate! Don’t pray like you are entitled… or helpless! There are those moments when you feel you are breaking, when in desperation you have to call out to the creator and beg for salvation. It’s human nature to reach out in our darkest hour… when we see nothing before us. Even in those moments of despair your must learn to listen. To ask for the answers and listen.

When I pray with Tarot I come to the moment as if I am meeting an old, wise friend. I open my heart and mind. I allow myself to be moved by wonder. I hold my cards in my hand. I call out to the Divine with prayer. Then, I let the Divine speak back through the cards. I ask and listen. I question. Moving closer to the heart of my need.

Do not just open the door with prayer; use Tarot to invite the wisdom of the Universe and your guides in. Tarot is a bridge for you to communicate with the Universe… and your soul.

Take an active approach. Instead of asking to receive something, pray by asking questions.

You may call out to the Divine begging for a romantic partner, “I am lonely, please, bring me someone I can love!” Take a different approach, instead of making a request; probe deeper, 

Say, “Help me to see the source of my loneliness.”

Now pull 3 cards. What do you see? What clarity did the cards bring? Did your perspective change? Is it a romantic partner that you need to ease your loneliness? Or is there something else? What block has stifled you?

Respond back. Pull a card that represents your response. This is a symbolic gesture that you’ve heard the Universe. Reiterate to the Universe what you’ve discovered by asking!

Maybe you choose the 3 of Cups because you realize now that you need to celebrate your life, appreciate your circle of friends, and enjoy being spontaneous.

Continue your dialogue. Poke and prod. Go deeper. Ask more questions. There is no limit to what you can ask. There are no stupid questions. The more you ask, the more you understand. Clarity is the essence of prayer.

Next you could ask, “What can I do to ease my loneliness?” or “How can I move forward now that I understand the source of my loneliness?”

As with a reading, the better the question, the more specific the question, the clearer the answer.

Dig to the roots of your prayer. Change = Shifting energy. You must understand the source of the “problem” before you can change it. I’m reminded of Rumpelstiltskin… if you know the true name of a thing you have power over it!

So what cards come up? What is your next step? Your situation should be clearer.

Next you can layout your path. This is the way you wish to move forward. The Universe does not require specific instructions. Layout your intended path with the cards… the Universe will workout the details. Ask yourself how you want the energy to flow? What feels good?

Place at least 3 cards down in a line. These are your stepping-stones. Lay them out, contemplating how they reflect the shift you are making. This is a visual representation of your shift. Take a photograph of these cards… refer back to them.

You can ask the Universe to respond to your “proposed” path. Asking, “Does this path align with my prayer?”

Trust yourself! Trust what feels good! You are having a Q&A with the Universe. You are engaging with your destiny! Own your destiny! Consciously manifest.

Do you feel empowered now? Does it feel different to be involved in your prayer? Do you enjoy this approach?

The Universe likes partnership. This approach helps you shift energy. No more dumping a load of request in the lap of the Divine. You are becoming active. Shifting energy is the key to affective prayer!!

You can utter a million beautiful words while knelling in the darkness at your bedside… but unless you know the heart of what you are asking… unless you are willing to make a change and take responsibility…  there isn’t much that can be done.

 

© Shaheen Miro 2013

 

 

Interview with Kendra Hurteau, Co-Creator of, Under the Roses Lenormand

Under the Roses Lenormand is an amazing deck created by, created by Kendra Hurteau and Katrina Hill. You can check out my review of the deck, here. Kendra was kind enough to let me ask a few questions about the deck, and her work. Check it out!

Shaheen: How did you discover Lenormand?

Kendra: I belong to a Tarot guild in the Metro Detroit area.  One day, a day I will never forget, the book club host came in with a Lenormand deck.  She laid out a Grand Tableau and it was love at first sight.  I started looking for decks right away.

Shaheen: How did Under the Roses Lenormand begin?

Kendra: It actually began in the process of discovering the deck because when I looked for decks to work with I had the thought that I could create images I would want to work with.  At the time, there weren’t the abundance there are now of Petit Lenormand decks.  Several wonderful self-published decks are out there now but at the time I started with a gifted Piatnik and Melissa Hill’s self-published decks (the decks are still some of my favorites to this day).  At that point I had formulated a couple of ideas for tarot decks and was actually writing one up.  Ultimately, Lenormand won in the end though as I used it more and my fondness of it grew.  Katrina Hill is my daughter and she is a graphic designer.  I presented the concept of “Under the Roses” to her and she did a couple of concept images.  We liked it so much that we created a schedule and started working on the images.

Shaheen: What challenges did you face in the creation?

Kendra: Seeing as it was our first deck, there were many.  Initially, getting my imagination into her hands was the biggest hurdle.  Eventually, we shared a common vision for the images and a work pattern that made us both happy.  It was a balancing of both tradition and imagination the entire process.  Because it is original art we wanted it to have a specific expression.
Shaheen: How would you describe the soul of the deck?

Kendra: The soul of the deck… Secrets.

Shaheen: Why did you decide to add keywords to your cards?
Kendra: The resurgence of Lenormand is bringing in a lot of beginners.  I wanted the deck to be easily used by everyone.  It was so taboo and, yet, I knew how much the novice would appreciate it.  We knew it was likely we would issue an edition without them and we did.  In the long run though, I know we did the right thing.  Those decks were more in demand than the decks without the keywords.  And while a few readers initially complained, we had an abundance of people that thanked us for doing just that.  In the end, everyone was happy.

Shaheen: How has your vision of Lenormand changed since you created the deck?

Kendra: My vision has not changed much actually.  I still read and share it in the same way.  However, I have grown a much larger appreciation for the community of people who study and share it.  My views are not always the same as others but the effort involved in bringing Lenormand back is a group effort and the people in the forefront have my respect.

Shaheen: I love the name of the deck can you tell us more about it?

Kendra: It suggests that you can find the secrets within and I felt that appropriate for card divination.  To quote my own work… “Under the Roses” is a euphemism for buried secrets. The allusion comes from the Latin phrase “Sub Rosa” and dates back to classical Roman times when the rose became the symbol of confidentiality. The expression became well known in German literature eventually finding its way to English literature. Stories based around “Under the Rose” began showing up in the nineteen century and some of the later works were written about that time period.

Shaheen: You have announced that Under The Roses will be picked up by USG, So how does it feel to have your deck picked up by a major publisher?

Kendra: Amazing!  The story of how they found us is neat.  They actually discovered an old submission with four original concept images on it.  Apparently, it had gotten lost in the crowd.  They called asking to see more images, not knowing the deck was complete and self published.  Once they saw the website things moved quickly.
And to be picked up by U.S. Games Systems, Inc?  I still shake my head.  They are my favorite publishing company.  The artwork they put out is vibrant, the card stock is excellent, and as it turns out the people working there are wonderful.  The deck is due out through them later this year.

Shaheen: You read both Tarot and Lenormand at the same time, why and how does this affect the reading?

Kendra: I don’t read them in the same spread, but side by side.  They confirm each other and bring in a wealth of details.  With the Lenormand so literal and the tarot so intuitive, I think it gives me two views of the same picture.

Shaheen: Where do you see divination and cartomancy going in the future?

Kendra: Cartomancy can and does truly touch lives.  For me, the question is “How can we overcome the fear people have of card divination?” because, if the fear is overcome, the possibilities are endless.  General public perceptions are changing (though many still see it as “bad”).  It is quite possible that cartomancy could be used in professional atmospheres.

Shaheen: Is there anything about Lenormand that you find frustrating?

Kendra: Yes.  I respect the traditional systems of Lenormand as much as others, however I see that new readers can’t jump in and pick a system when they don’t even know how to read the cards yet.  It takes time to get to figure it out.  And some never elect to use a particular system.  I find no fault in that.  People are diverse and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  As long as they have selected keywords that work for them, the Lenormand will read accurately.

Shaheen: Does Under the Roses Lenormand address that issue?

Kendra: In a way.  The keywords are selected from many of the main traditions used, plus many other words to challenge the way a person might look at the card.  A traditionalist will likely find keywords they are accustomed to while a beginner will have a variety to choose from.  This was intentional in creating the keywords.  It actually took months to assemble so the issue could be addressed.  Therefore, “Under the Roses Lenormand” does not follow one tradition but embodies them all.

Take a look at my new project…  Kendra’s Vintage Petit Lenormand.  http://kendrahurteau.wix.com/vintagepetitlen or find it on facebook.  Thanks!

© Shaheen Miro 2013