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Playing-cards have been on my mind. This may be because I've got a new class starting this week on how to divine with playing cards, but there's more to it. I've been fascinated with cards all my life.
Last night, while I was watching TV, I saw something that convinced me to write about them. On one of the crime-solving shows we watch, David Cassidy, of The Partridge Family fame (younger readers may need to google him, sigh), was killed by someone who threw a playing card at his neck. I got a good chuckle out of this, not because I dislike Cassidy, but because it was the Ace of Spades (play intense music), and also because such a thing is unlikely. Yes, studies have been done to ascertain if a card thrown by an expert could do such damage and the results were negative.
I wonder, how I can talk someone into funding a study or two?
Anyway, I took it as an omen. Besides, the only other interesting thing to write about was an invitation I got in the mail to enter a contest to try to win a free, prepaid cremation. I went with the playing cards.
I got my first Tarot deck at age 10, and my second at 13. That may seem young to you, but I'd had a fascination with playing cards ever since I was wee one. It's safe to say that I've had a love affair with cards my entire life.
For years, I practiced sleight-of-hand card tricks. I always had a deck of playing cards in my pocket and felt naked without them. (A naked magician would have to be good, since there wouldn't be any pockets, although... sorry.) I rarely did tricks for anyone. I mainly enjoyed the feel of the cards, manipulating, fanning, cutting them with one hand. and so on. I was a nerd.
I remember thinking, when I was a mere tot, that playing cards were like books, books that told a different story every time. I'd mess up the cards, turn one card over at a time and be delighted at the unexpected result and the story that evolved. Yes, I did have meanings for the cards back then, but I don't remember them now.
Fewer and fewer people are using cards in person. To me, this is pretty sad.
No matter what computer you use, you can't replicate the feeling of shuffling a deck of cards. I know that there are randomization algorithms that shuffle a digital deck, probably quite accurately, but there's something about bending the deck, hearing the zip of the cards as they merge and the final swoosh of bridging them together.
I always marvel at the fact that a shuffled deck falls neatly into sequences of cards that reveal the past, present and future; to me implying another hand involved, one far more intelligent than our own.
The ancient Egyptians had several games they loved to play. Mehen and Hounds and Jackals were two of these, but by far the most interesting is Senet. This game is played on a board of 30 squares with a very simple goal. Get your pieces on the board, move your pieces across the board and then get your pieces off the board before your opponent. It sounds easy but it's tricky and strategic.
Senet demands a major element, luck. The ancients believed that luck, whatever luck really is, was connected to our essence, our fate and whether or not the gods were happy with us. With this in mind, Senet became much more than just a game, and often an oracle deciding disputes or divining the future. However, as with most games, play came first.
Although what we call Tarot has been around for centuries, the cards were first used for game playing; divination coming later. Anywhere luck is involved, divination is hot on its heels. Dominoes, dice, knuckle bones, mahjong tiles, even origami models, have all been used to look into the future due to the idea that an unseen hand helps direct the game, whatever that game may be.
I consider myself to be a rational human being, but I love the idea of the mystery and the thought that there are things that happen that we have no answer for. I embrace that mystery and don't seek to explain it.
Far beyond the simple fact that games are fun, or can be as long as you're not playing with someone so competitive that they take all the joy out of it, they're also social. Some of my fondest memories center around sitting at a table with friends, playing games.
I find joy in solitaire, and I don't mean the computer kind. I shuffle, until I sense that it's done, deal out the cards in anticipation, then win or lose, depending on the prevailing etheric breeze.
I've just realized that this isn't an article about playing-cards at all, but about something that's changing in our fast-paced world, something I want to hold on to: simple fun.
It makes sense that I'm teaching a class on using ordinary playing cards for divination. It's fun. Make no mistake, the technique involved is accurate and obscure, but there's a simple joy in taking something quite ordinary and turning it into something spectacular. This makes me smile.
I hope you have a week filled with smiles.
MY CLASS on Divination Using Ordinary Playing Cards will begin on March 7, 2013 at 3:00 PM, Pacific. It'll be recorded, so you'll get the class, even if you can't be there in person.
DISCOUNT of 10%! Use the following code, D3T9IP and you'll save 10% on the class.Space is limited so sign up if you want to make sure to get a place.
I'll be making a personal appearance, the first in many years, at the Denver Tarot Meet Up on Tuesday, March 12th. Here's the information if you're in the Denver Metro Area and feel like listening to me discuss the royalty in Tarot. If I see my shadow, I may not do this again. Here's the link if you're interested. "Getting to know Tarot Royalty - More Than Meets the Eye" with Mo Abdelbaki
PROGRAMMING NOTE: On top of my usual time for Out of Mo's Mind on Wednesday at 10 AM, I'll also be hosting Magical Things, for Radleigh Valentine, this Tuesday at 10 AM on 12radio. I promise not to break it, Rad. It'll be an honor and pleasure to talk with you all twice this week. I hope the airwaves can take it.
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| by Tamara Childs|
I recently had an appointment with a color consultant. She took me through a wonderful guided meditation to "discover my inner style archetype." So, we're on SKYPE and she's got her eyes closed and mine are closed and she's telling me to go into my inner sanctuary, which for me was a recreation of a forest scene in the movie "Avatar" with glowing flowers and butterflies and sentient insects, etc.
"Now," my color consultant is saying, "Invite your style archetype to talk to you. "
There I waited for something wonderful to happen. I was preparing to see a very glamorous style archetype tip toeing into my vision…..would she be wearing a gown, I wondered? Maybe she'd be some sort of fairy godmother with a wand, ready to tap me on the head and transform me. As I salivated over this possibility, it also occurred to me that she'd be giving me the ultimate style makeover right then and there in my vision! How could it get any better than that?!
Suddenly, (much to my dismay) the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz appeared.
I tried shooing the witch out of the way, but she inched back in with her striped stockings and her pitchy laugh. Swatting her away was pointless, as she hovered on her broom, like some giant grinning mosquito. She was dressed (not surprisingly) in all black (NOT one of my colors, mind you) and had on her crazy pointed hat, to add insult to injury. My main thought was how I was going to make that shade of chalkboard black work for me.
Get out of my meditation! I told her, (feeling that urgency you get when you're missing a key scene in a movie because the person in front of you is blowing their nose.) "You're not supposed to be here Witch. You're disrupting my moment." But she just cackled, wicked-witch style and fastened me with her beady eyes. Then, she told me something. And what she said was true, and very helpful. I had to recognize her contribution and even more, admire her audacity. Now, cartoons typically speak in limited vocabulary and the witch was repeating herself in a most irritating fashion, but I got the message.
Sometimes our best insights come in cartoon form. Let them! Just like our dreams, they are full of the symbolic information we need to make our next step. There are messages within you that are waiting to be heard. Allow them come to you, wicked- witch style, even if you're wishing for Glinda the Good.
Don't worry, the messages will surprise you, enrich you, and bring even more of you into play.
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| by Carolyn Ferris|
Each week Carolyn Ferris will pull from her hand designed Tarot cards to reveal a message for us. Carolyn has been a psychic for many years and has a substantial amount of notoriety with her art.
She's done covers for Timothy Leary and Carlos Santana and her work can be viewed at her web site www.intuitivereadings.com!
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Fashionable woman balancing herself on tightrope while eating a tasty ice cream cone. She's dropped her sunglasses and they are hanging on the rope, she bends to pick them up. Someone with a net from another window of the world is also trying to grab her glasses. In this case, remember there will always be competition and times when you feel you are walking a thin line. Treat yourself, and remember you are talented at the art of being you like nobody else will ever be.
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| by Kristi Brower|
My Dad is the luckiest person I know. When he walks into a casino the slot machines absolutely beg to give him money. He will walk out with several hundred dollars more than he started with every time! Once, when I was a kid he won a raffle for a $500 shopping spree in the grocery store. Another time he entered a raffle for a boat, and walked away with it! He has had a lifetime of friends who love him and would do anything for him. On family vacations it did not matter how far away we were from home, he always ran into someone who knew him and was happy to see him. I have often asked myself why he seems to attract so many lucky experiences. I am pretty sure that it is because of his attitude. He is one of the most positive and unconditionally loving people I have ever known. He always looks on the bright side, thinks the best of people, expects that everything will turn out fine, and is grateful and generous.
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When I think about luck and energy I think about how we attract to us the same energy we put out. So if you are feeling desperate about money, you are putting out a feeling of desperation and lack, so that is what you get back. Luck comes from our Solar Plexus Chakra. When you have confidence in yourself and your ability to bring good things into your life, you attract lucky (synchronistic) experiences. There are several things you can do to make your Solar Plexus shine like a bright sun, attracting prosperity and synchronistic experiences.
First off it is very important to be grateful for what you have right now, in this moment. Make a gratitude list everyday. Write down 10 things you are grateful for. It can be small things like your morning coffee, a sunny day, or some time to yourself. It can also be bigger things like your family, home and pets. When you show gratitude you are telling the Universe that you are prosperous and attract more of the same.
The other thing you need to do to attract luck into your life is trust yourself. When you have confidence in yourself and your decisions you strengthen your Solar Plexus. The more trust you have in yourself the higher your energetic vibration, the higher your vibration, the more synchronistic events you attract. Make a conscious effort to trust your gut feelings, practice going with your first instinct when making decisions.
I believe that luck comes from inside us. When we practice having a loving and grateful attitude like my Dad, we attract more of the same into our lives!
Blessings my friends,