Psychics Are Human Too

There is a lot of pressure that comes with working in a spiritual field. You have people who pass judgment on you constantly… either your being laughed at because you believe in such kooky things, or your being judged for being in league with the Devil, or you are considered a scam artist. It’s sad that there is so much hate and judgment sent toward such a beautiful thing. But they say that the darkness seeks to dim the light.

Recently spiritual teacher, author and psychic/medium, Sylvia Browne, passed away. She was such a beautiful light in the vast community of spiritual leaders and teachers. Her candor and wit were unparalleled and her writing touched many. She was often under fire for her matter-of-fact style and her abrasive tone. And also for her highly publicized inaccurate predictions.

What is so sad is that she dedicated her life to helping people. She did readings for years for public audiences, she wrote so many books on the subject of the after life and lectured all over the world…. All in an attempt to lesson the blow of being on this earth! But in the end she has been mocked and degraded by people claiming she is a fake and that she, “Should’ve seen it coming!”

I want to say that there is no psychic/reader/medium/intuitive who is 100%… not one! There are some readers who are better than others. There are some readers who are better at certain subjects than others. And there are some readers who are just having a bad day! Readers are human… they are not infallible, or all knowing. To put that pressure on someone is ridiculous and it takes away your personal power.

And the fact is… a reader can only access the information that 1.) They are meant to share at that time, and 2.) That you allow them to see because it’s your energy they are tapping into… you are the key to your personal universe. A reading is not meant to map out your life and tell you how to live. A reading is meant to affirm, guide and direct you… and you should always test it against your own intuition.

Now, I will not say that I know Sylvia Browne’s heart or her personal intentions. I don’t know if she had people’s best interest in mind, or if she was being deceptive. I don’t believe that she was… I met her and she was warm, inviting and extremely loving. But I cannot speak for anyone else. I can say that I find her writing very inspirational, and a very good place for people to begin their spiritual journey.

The lesson we can all learn from her passing is that we need to empower ourselves and use our own intuition and judgment whenever asking anyone for advice… and that we are all human and prone to mistake… and sadly, that people like to focus on the bad and completely negate the good.

My prayer is that all the hate and judgment dissipates and that people see things with brighter more loving eyes. I know she is probably living it up on the Other Side…

And, Just remember that psychics are human too!

© Shaheen Miro 2013

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Forget the Crystal Ball! How Tarot Can Deepen Your Personal Insight

Today Brigit of Biddy Tarot is visiting! What a wonderful, and insightful treat. Brigit is the author of, Tarot Foundations: 31 Days to Read Tarot with Confidence and an extraordinary teacher. I hope you enjoy her contribution :-)

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words, “Tarot Card Reader”? Crystal balls? Gypsies? Psychic powers? Crushed velvet? 1800 numbers? All of the above?

Sure, that all exists, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

Many ‘normal’ people are using the Tarot cards on an everyday basis for self-development and personal insight. Crystal balls and crushed velvet don’t even come into the equation.

You want to know why you’re feeling ‘lost’? Why your relationship isn’t working like you want it to? How you can improve your work situation? How you can be the person you really want to be? All of these types of questions are perfect for the Tarot.

The Tarot has this innate power to be whatever you want it to be. In fact, Tarot can be used as a tool for:

  • Spiritual guidance
  • Understanding the present
  • Learning more about yourself
  • Exploring mythology and symbolism
  • Personal growth and development
  • Solving problems or dilemmas
  • Earning an income as a professional
  • Making important decisions
  • Validating a gut feeling
  • Daily or weekly guidance
  • Self-examination and psychoanalysis
  • Empowerment
  • Meditation and introspection
  • Developing your psychic abilities or intuition
  • Creative thinking

Using the Tarot for Self-Development and Personal Insight

One of the most powerful uses of the Tarot is for self-development and personal insight. This can be on a very deep level, such as using just the Major Arcana cards in a Tarot reading to understand your current life lessons and your inner purpose and meaning. Or it may be on a more day-to-day level as you figure out the solution to a current dilemma or problem.

To use the Tarot cards for personal insight, try some (or all) of these activities:

Draw a Card a Day

Draw one card at the start of the day asking, “What do I need to know about today?” Think about what this card is telling you – what events or situations to expect, what you can learn during the day, what you need to watch out for, where your best opportunities lie, etc. At the end of the day, reflect on how this card related to your actual experience and take note of what you have learned. Over time, you will form an even stronger personal connection with your cards and you will find that your cards offer you profound insight, even on a day-to-day basis.

Get to Know Yourself with the Major Arcana

If you’re feeling ‘lost’ or directionless, then exploring the Major Arcana in relation to yourself can be a very helpful way to rediscover your direction. Use the “Get to Know Yourself with the Major Arcana” questionnaire to ask yourself some of the more deeper questions about your life path. Or, work with each Major Arcana card, tapping into the life lessons that each has to share.

Use Simple One Card Readings

If you’re facing a dilemma or you need insight into a personal situation, use a simple one card reading to provide insight. First, clearly frame your question. Ask, “What do I need to know about….?” or “Where do my best options lie?” or “What do I need to take into account when making this decision?” Then, draw one card, and one card only. Go deep into that card by exploring the symbolism, elemental and numerological associations, and your intuitive feelings. Resist the temptation to draw ‘clarifier’ cards which often only serve to complicate the reading. And resist the urge to keep asking the same question in the hope of finding the answer you want. The key is to stay focused on the one question and the one card.

Meditate with the Tarot Cards

This final activity is incredibly powerful and will help you to build a very strong and personal connection with the cards. By relaxing your mind and taking yourself ‘into’ the card, you tap into your subconscious mind and explore the Universal energies associated with that card on a very deep level. Read more about how to meditate with the Tarot cards on my blog.

So, forget about the crystal ball, my friends! You don’t need it. Instead, draw on the Tarot cards to help you on an everyday basis to develop your personal insight and guide you on your path.

Learn More About Brigit

Brigit is a professional Tarot reader, mentor, blogger and self-published author. She is the owner of the popular website http://www.biddytarot.com which features Tarot card meanings, tutorial posts and Tarot guides to help you learn to read Tarot. She has fifteen years’ experience reading the Tarot cards for thousands of clients worldwide and is passionate about delivering insight through Tarot.

Understanding Intuition: Insight Twelve

You will question your intuition. You will worry that it’s all in your head, that you’re imagining things. Stay focused, keep your breathing steady, and always remain objective. Your intuition and your imagination are sister experiences. They work hand in hand to bring you insights. Just because something is imaginative, doesn’t mean that it isn’t real. Imagination is symbolic language put into motion. Look at your impressions objectively. Read between the lines… that’s where wisdom lives.

©Shaheen Miro 2013 

Understanding Intuition: Insight Eleven

Using an oracle, or divinatory system is a fantastic way to tap into your intuition. Oracles give you shorthand for communicating with the Universe, it’s a built in language that you can study and learn. Divinatory tools have their faults, but they are a great jumping off point for you novice intuitiors. Find a divinatory system that feels right to you, but don’t get too caught up in the system because the most powerful messages usually happen “away from the table”!

Personal Reading with the Tattered Nomad Oracle for 2013

Things have been so exciting here in Denver, and I’m still getting settled. I wanted to layout a few cards on New Years Eve to look ahead for 2013, but I haven’t had the chance until today. So here is a brief reading highlighting the key themes of my 2013! 

Beginning with the corners:

(Book + Child) it seems that a new project is underway involving education, which makes sense since I just moved to Denver for a new job to further my education. I also see this as the beginning of a new book or writing project, which is one of my goals for this year! Moving on (Heart + Clover) there is a lot of emotional attachments that are progressing quickly in a positive direction. This makes sense to me already!

Looking at the crossing cards:

(Fox + Man + Woman) At first I was confused by this because I didn’t see myself as the man in the spread, I thought maybe this was my partner, which is still a possibility as he works with and has a lot of female friends. Maybe she is being deceptive? Or they are saving-face about something? But looking at this combination further I see this as a new opportunity in career for me. I will be connecting with a woman (story of my life) who will help me. If we knight from the fox we get the Child and Clover, so it sounds like this woman helps move a new project along very quickly! 

(Letter + Man + Clouds) A letter/email is coming from a man that is causing confusion. I instantly see this as my father. It’s very likely that if he contacts me it will be via some written form of communication. And, knighting from the Letter (Heart + Child) is a definite indicator that this is my father.

Looking at the Diagonals:

(Book + Man + Child) We have another indicator of a new educational opportunity for myself. But, if we knight from the book there seems to be some confusion about this new opportunity, or in the case of this new job, apprehension (Clouds). Knighting in the other direction reiterates the Woman who is being some sort of guide and advocate. (Heart + Man + Clover) is another indicator of things progressing fast with a love connection, but when I knight from the heart there is another story being told. Knighting from the Heart shows an emotional letter from a man that also involves a woman, who could possibly be my mother. 

Seems like there are some interesting things happening in 2013. I will have to flip a few more cards as time goes on to get a better picture. Feel free to leave your interpretation as well! 

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© Shaheen Miro 2013

daily tarot card: the king of pentacles

This morning as I stepped outside I was greeted by the cutest little black cat with a bell around his neck. I met him yesterday on the walk home. He was a block or so away rolling around in a flowerbed. Each time I see him he meows at me, by he wont let me touch him.

It’s odd because he is black on top and white on his belly and legs, much like the little guy who lives on the rooftop at work. Could it be a sign? Maybe I need to embrace my instinctual self more.

Interestingly enough I had the realization this morning that I need to begin drinking more water. I’ve taken up the nasty habit of drinking soda and now I need to cleanse my system. Water is important to spiritual work as well…it helps us to connect intuitively.

My goal today is to drink plenty of water and eat fruit. I often find myself craving those two things when my energy levels are low and most of the time it is preparation for something creative and spiritual to come into being.

I keep having this visual of amethyst and rose quartz crystals clustered together and I think it’s a sign to begin spiritual cleansing and to invite love into the spaces where I clear the clutter from. I think I should buy a piece of each tomorrow. Their energy goes perfectly with healing and cleansing.

Amethyst is often called the psychic vacuum and can be worn on the body or placed in rooms to absorb negative energies. It’s also my birthstone, the birthstone of my grandmother who guides me and a symbol of protection. Rose quartz invites love and beauty into our lives. It can be worn as a type of charm for love.

Appropriately this morning I pulled the king of pentacles as the daily card. How right on his presence is for me. Whenever he visits he reminds me that I need to get back to basics; I need to take a more pragmatic approach to things.

I often see him as someone who is graceful in their position. He is a king, he is powerful and he is rich, but he knows to sustain those things he must be humble and kind. He also knows that trusting your instinct is the most intelligent way to rule your kingdom.

This card can also be a reminder to get in touch with our primal parts. The most basic senses that we have. Tap into those when dealing with people or difficult situations. Being Intuitive and being instinctual are one and the same. You should trust the messages your body gives you… Are you feeling ill? Drained? Anxious? Do you feel as if something is missing from your diet? These are important intuitive messages. Each physical symptom in your body is a response to something energetic.

When I pulled the king of coins this morning the 8 of wands also fell out again. What does she want to say? Maybe getting back to basics is the key to attaining goals and dreams. It’s an interesting meditation. Her appearance was not coincidental that’s for sure.

Blessings to your day… Begin it with some sort of ritual to invite peace into your life…

Keep dreaming gypsies…with love
Shaheen

 

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A Night In the City…

So many exciting things have happened in the past few days, it’s been almost surreal. You know I constantly remind myself that life is this mad and fantastic dance that we are all apart of you and you can either get out there and move to the beat, fumble over everyone else’s steps or stand on the side and watch… and for me its been about closing my eyes and doing a slow grind with uncertainty.

In the past few weeks I have come to appreciate the feeling of spontaneity and Tuesday night was one of those nights. A new friend invited me out to a concert at the Barbican Centre, which is in the heart of London. The concert was titled Singing the Truth, a concert to honor the women who changed the music of the 20th Century.

The concert was put on by three amazing women; all of whom were talented and distinguished in their own right. Dianne Reeves, Angelique Kidjo and Lizz Wright. Each woman had their own distinct style, sass and most importantly voice… and let me tell you they knew how to use it! They brought down the house with songs from Miriam Makeba to my personal favorite Billie Holiday.

Being at that concert in retrospect was more uplifting and spiritually moving than it seemed when I was sitting there. They were forces… wild and untamed and their voices had the intensity and power of thousand winds. I was certainly moved and more than once I had to put my soul hand up to catch the spirit of what was being given to us.

I left there with the unshakable sense of limitless power. The enlightened feeling that anything I want can be mine. They said it themselves, that you just have to dream, but among all else you must love! And love was the theme of the night, as I was in Love with their performance and the energy that they generated in that pristine concert hall. I thought as I walked away about the enchanting quality of singing… how you essentially cast your soul out to a crowed and lull them into a trance reciting to them your story along the way. Something about that excites me… the power of story-telling… the charm of the spoken word.

I want to sing now. I want to give my words to the world and allow people to feel it deep in their souls. To move and to feel is to dance and to dance is to live… live the dream that we are all so eager to dream. Our voice is unique to each of us and that to trust in that voice is to truly rock out in life!

The remainder of the night was equally moving because I got to walk in the city and see nothing but the glow of lights from the inside. Night life is always different than what you see in the day and I realized that there is a much more calming and subtle energy that pulses through London at night… its not the jarring energy that you find in other cities like New York. It’s Just something peaceful.

We made our way through the rambling mass of streets and all the sensational buildings; everything ancient, worn and regal. To me the buildings exude a warm beauty that is found in very few places in the States.  My friend thought it was funny that I was so inspired by the buildings… he said that it isn’t as pretty as America. But I had to disagree.

We ended our night at a little Pub. Which was everything that I imagined a London pub to be. It was all brass and wood and just down right gorgeous again. So we sat and had a drink and we talked about life, design and literature. And my friend quoted to me lines from Virginia Woolf.

We had an intriguing conversation about her works and we talked about taking a Mrs. Dalloway’s walk around London… which is a book by VW about a day in London. He also retold an amazing scene from the movie The Hours about VW’s life and so when I returned home I watched the scene on YouTube and I was totally moved. Here it is for you to see….

I just want to say that VW was an extremely talented woman and before my lovely night with my friend I knew very little about her. She lived at a time where her mental state became her curse and she literally became a prisoner in her own life because the people around her had their ideas of what was best for her. She just wanted to live her life in the chaos of London, regardless of how others thought that affected her fragile state of mind. And eventually she took her life because it was too hard for her to bear… though it was late in her years.

I can relate to Virginia because I think that it’s a common feeling to feel trapped in your circumstance. And so you find you way out whether it is writing or strolling the city. What I took from her is that you must be relentless in your pursuit to be who you are, to have your own life and your own mind. You must have a strong sense of conviction to what is important to you.

“And that was what she often felt the need of-to think; well, not even to think. To be silent; to be alone. All the being and the doing, expansive, glittering, vocal, evaporated; and one shrunk, with a sense of solemnity, to being oneself. When life sank down for a moment, the range of experience seemed limitless.”

-Virginia Woolf

© Shaheen Miro 7/7/2011

London the Dreary

outside my window

 

outside my window

me in the glow of a candle

five of hearts/cups: The card that the weather invokes right now.

Music and candle light create a moody atmosphere in my room tonight. There are so many things to think about and being here really allows me to take a look at my life and who I am. Its been some time since I’ve kind of allowed the night to carry me gently to inspiration… so here I am writing and reflecting. I willing take in the rains baptismal powers. And the five of hearts comes to mind. The five of hearts/cups represents moving on, letting go and release. It can be a card of tragedy. But i’ve always believed that you find love in tragedy. So here is to releasing. To walking fearless. To casting off the old!