Tarot cards are beautiful keys unlocking potential in the Universe. During a reading where any type of oracle card is being used you are tapping into the unseen energy surrounding you. I call this your Energetic Story the accumulated thoughts, ideas, … Continue reading
Just beyond the tip of your senses in a vibrant world, swirling, and illuminated. If you shut your physical eyes, and open you mystical ones you will see the Spirit World, a place that dances with a menagerie of wonders. To some it may seem far, distant and forgotten… but really those who have passed are all around us.
Since I was a child I could see, and sense things that thrive beyond the veil. I would experience the fragments of forgotten memories, the whispers of the past, and those who’ve passed on. When we are children we are awake to these things, they are just as real as anything you can touch with you hands. And for some of us the sight never fades.
Time has gifted me with the ability understand these things. I can go deeper into the mysteries, or throw up my protection to keep unwanted things at bay. But the whispers of the Other Side are always there. Even you can sense it if you open yourself.
As someone who travels the invisible realms with my senses, with Tarot and tea leaves I see messages everywhere. The unfolding of intuition, the blooming of signs and symbols. The sacred dreamtime is always calling to our senses… from the chills up your spine, to the clouds in the sky, the riddles of your dreams, and the songs on the radio.
But have you ever wondered how to talk to the Invisible world?
Maybe you’ve called out to a passed loved one for a message. Or consulted the spirit board to see if some invisible hand could spell out a message. People are curious to what lies just beyond the veil.
The invisible world is always looking for a way to communicate with you. Whether it is your angels, your higher self, the Universe, or your deceased relatives. You just have to find your unique language for communicating, your telephone line!
Conduct a séance with Tarot. Find your favorite deck, the one that works best for you. Look for images that really speak to you. Find a safe, and private place. Set the mood by lighting a candle, and sipping a cup of warm tea.
Burn sage or incense to cleanse the air, and open the door. Ask for the light of protection to surround you, and say a prayer of protection. Call out: I am here to speak beyond the veil. I call on my Spirit Circle to communicate with me.
Take yourself into a meditative state. Breathe deeply finding the rhythm of your breath. Inhale and exhale counting and falling deeper into you’re the velvety darkness of your inner wisdom. When you feel grounded and open begin to shuffle.
Concentrate on the task at hand. If you want to speak to someone specific then politely ask them to join you in the circle. Maybe place a photograph of whomever you want to speak with on your reading table. And speak their name aloud. If you would like to speak with whoever wants to join you then just be open. Ask that only good join you in the circle.
Now lay the cards out. One by one. Maybe making little fans in front of you. Search for clues in the cards. Look at the colors, the scenes, the images and anything that stands out to you.
What catches you attention?
What seems to stand out the most?
Who appears in the cards?
Look for people in the images. Look for the court cards specifically to identify people. Pay attention to their status, their age, the color of their hair and their sex. See if you can pinpoint a scene that clarifies who they are, and what they did in life.
If you want to use a spread lay out a card for:
- The Past of the visitor.
- A clue about their life, or passing.
- What message they may have for you.
- A parting piece of wisdom.
Remember the cards are a language. Ask questions; lay out a card to get the answer. Let the words be the voice of the spirit. Explore, play and see what happens. You may find the séance unfolds all around you… beyond the cards!
Or pick a few people you wish to speak with, and assign them cards. Shuffle the deck (remembering who is who), and lay the cards out. If that those card appear you know they are there, and wish to speak. If they do not, then another person may be working to speak with you.
Sometimes picking a card to represent the person you wish to speak with will help you identify them. You can choose the card before the reading, laying it to the side, and building the cards around it.
Often times when I am reading for someone and using Tarot I will pick up on people in the persons life. When a card distinctly stands out as an individual in my clients life I will meditate on that card… going deeper into its essence to see if it is someone alive, or in spirit.
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The evolution of symbols, omens and oracles can be seen in the Tarot. Ancient people interpreted natural occurrences, building symbols upon them and creating layers of meaning. It began with watching the habits of animals, and their patterns, changes in weather, images found in clouds, or formed on reflective surface of water. These symbols evolved into inscribed bones, and stones, and lots… portable oracles. Which have become printed pieces of card stock.
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I had the honor of interviewing Ana Cortez! She is the author and co-creator of The Playing Card Oracles and one of my favorite readers! Her information and insight is stellar, as well as a really groovy person! Check out the interview:
Shaheen: Ana, you are the playing card lady… tell us briefly how your journey began with playing cards?
Ana: Well, it was all through my Father and the free-spirited women he taught to read cards. I first saw the fantastical images he painted for the playing cards when I was a young teenager, but didn’t think much about it at the time. My Dad was always doing something in the realm of the occult so that was normal for me. Later, when I was about 19 years old, his girlfriend showed me what he had taught her – how to actually use the playing cards as a mystical instrument. I was hooked!
Shaheen: How have you evolved as a reader over the years?
Ana: Well, I certainly have done a lot of experimentation with the same system over the years. Because every reading is unlike any other reading that has come before, I think I have learned I can never really master the cards, but rather my own ability to remain a learner. So my evolution is to become more and more sensitive, more and more receptive to the unique messages that are coming through. The multi layers in The Playing Card Oracles allow me to cross check what I’m saying so I use this technique a lot.
Shaheen: I personally love The Playing Card Oracles; they have so much life and energy. Your father was truly a visionary and clearly, channeled the cards. Do you believe the cards are just symbols or do you think they are windows into another world?
Ana: Windows into another world is a perfect description. They are just symbols until they come alive in a reading, become a vehicle of communication between worlds – between what is seen and what is unseen. So yes, to see between worlds we need windows. The images on these cards are powerful that way.
Shaheen: I have always been curious about the cards in The Playing Card Oracles and now The Playing Card Oracles, Alchemy Edition…they are people with names, lives and realms. Where did that come from? Are there more stories and writing hidden away somewhere?
Ana: My dad was truly a visionary and was able to see worlds, realms, personalities in the playing cards. He broke down a doorway, opened perception for others. There is so much hidden away. The possibilities sparked by the 52-card deck kept him occupied for decades. From my father’s estate there are stacks and stacks of original artwork, poems, a novel, screen plays, even episodes for a television series – all based on card reading/ divination with the 52 card deck. Unbelievable, really.
Shaheen: As a reader myself, the cards are more of a tool, almost a springboard helping make intuitive leaps. What are the pros and cons of using cards as a tool? Do you think the cards are always necessary?
Ana: I love the cards as a tool because for starters they are fun. It is great for people to see images for their own reading, images communicate in a way beyond words. So images hold so much possibility. Your client can get a feeling from pictures beyond what you are telling them. I sometimes would like to ditch the cards myself, just go on intuition, but again, I love the imagery. This is why, as a reader, you must connect to the images of the deck you choose. Cards are my way, no matter how strong my intuition becomes. The cards, again, can be like a cross-check, a confirmation of what I am picking up without them.
Shaheen: Ok, so I want to get to the juicy stuff!! You made a recent discovery, another treasure trove of paintings by your father CJ Freeman that illustrated the playing cards. How are these cards different from The Playing Cards Oracles?
Ana: Well, first Shaheen, let’s get it straight. This interview is juicy already! What you are talking about is the art for the “Alchemy Edition.” This art, to me, has a quality that the Playing Card Oracles doesn’t. When my dad painted the “Alchemy Edition” art, he knew nothing about divination with playing cards – only a suspicion that something “juicy” was going on. He had no one to copy, not even himself. It was pure inspiration, pure connection to other worlds. So this was his first work. It was this work that broke the door down.
Shaheen: You’ve fittingly named this new collection of playing card paintings, The Playing Card Oracles, Alchemy Edition, what can we expect from this deck?
Ana: I want this deck to be an instrument that connects people to their own knowing – like we were talking about the joining of intuition and cards. I also like the idea of a book, as the 52-card deck is a complete book of knowledge, an occult masterpiece, if you know how to read it. There are going to be some real surprises about how to read and work with these cards that should rock the card reading world, new things including but also beyond the Playing Card Oracles – including some of what my dad intuited while painting the images that has not yet been published.
Shaheen: Can you tell us a bit more about the evolution of The Playing Card Oracles and The Alchemy Edition? Why did your father do different versions of each card?
Ana: Cards are never finished. Never just one thing frozen in time forever. Have you ever had a dream where you were looking at cards? I can tell you that they are morphing as fast as you can flip them. In a dream I see something amazing I want to remember on a 3 of Hearts, for example. I turn a few cards further, and then I want to see that 3 of Hearts again. I flip back to find it and it has changed. It is now different. I have lost the former image within the depths of my subconscious. This is why we have to allow our interpretations to be liquid, and see the unique message each time. Symbols must be broad. My father was a very intuitive artist and he would let his hand move on it’s own – like automatic writing but drawing. He had a very strange way of holding a pencil. So things came through. If my dad were to return today, from the world he has visited now in the afterlife, I am sure he would have a whole new deck to give us. But it would never in-validate decks or images already given.
Shaheen: The similarities in The Alchemy Edition and the Playing Cards Oracles are apparent, but I am more fascinated by the differences. Why are they so different? Does that change the information?
Ana: Yes. I think there are enough similarities that it won’t feel like starting from scratch, far from it if you are familiar with The Playing Card Oracles. But the differences should be enough to stimulate new ways of reading the cards. A whole new reader may come out in you as you read with this deck! Enough differences only to remind us we need to remain the learners.
Ana: Well. 8’s are powerful in and of themselves, because they are 8’s. This is what my father and I were taught as we brought forth this work. The 8 of Spades, specifically, just freaked me out forever and only since I have begun to read with this deck do I appreciate this card. It is a very powerful message bringer and communicates something so important in so many readings, now I wonder how I got along without it. The Faun freaked me out big time also. Really, some of these images were just embarrassing to me. Now I realize it is because of the power they have to bring. There is nothing reserved. So messages are harder to ignore. It doesn’t mean they are negative messages, mean something “bad.” It means it is a strong message. For example with “Guilt,” the 8 of Spades, I have been getting that lifetimes of suffering are commonly represented by this card. That is a lot of suffering. This card shows me that what may seem to be of small significance in a person’s life may actually be loaded with significance, for example.
Shaheen: Your ideas, projects and discoveries never cease to amaze me… do you have any other oracular surprises in store? …Just give us a little peak at what’s next!
Ana: Oh Lord! (Is that wrong to say in an interview?) I am constantly surprised by my own work and when it is not this way I will not be doing it anymore. This is the way I let Spirit come into my work. I always want to be an instrument. So. Yes. There are loads of things in the pipe way. I only hope I have the strength and time to bring them all through. Hmm… a peak? Well, I think I said a few things about the “Alchemy Edition” that is enough of a peak for now.
Shaheen: For those who are salivating over this deck and were disappointed that it didn’t get published, you gave permission to personally print the images so people could make their own deck. What compelled you to do such a generous thing?
Ana: Oh. Undoubtedly these cards will be printed. I trust everything that happens is for reasons that are important, and no exception with the funding flop over at Kickstarter. They will be printed in a different way that will fit the project more appropriately. Also, since the funding attempt, the paintings have been restored so that the colors are more brilliant than ever, just the way my dad painted them 30 years ago. Varnish yellows over time and I didn’t realize the extent of the change that had just gradually occurred. So the new photographs of the paintings will just be perfect. Now I realize how critical this was, although I never saw this coming, never dreamed the turn things would take. I am always grateful.
Update: Ahh!! Yes, the Alchemy Edition of the Playing Card Oracles is now a reality! Buy a deck and touch the Universe!! Playing Card Oracles, Alchemy Edition.
Shaheen: Ana you are brilliant and I love your work. I hope to see more of your writing, as well as your decks! Thank you for taking the time to chat with us. I love visiting Wonderland 😉
Ana: THANK YOU SHAHEEN!!! You are a dear 🙂
Please check out Ana at her website, AnaCortez.com. You can see the images from Playing Card Oracles, Alchemy Edition. . And be sure to order a copy of The Playing Card Oracles and the companion book.