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Awakening Your Intuition

Some argue our capacity to hear our own inner voice has decreased with the advent of social media and the internet. We’re drowning in noise and too much information.

Some argue the opposite: that our capacity to hear ourselves has increased because our culture has more awareness now than in previous generations.

Neither is wrong.

It comes down to what you want to believe.

I believe our inner voice – our intuition – is available to us loud and clear in any moment, if we choose to tune in.

Intuition can arrive in silence or noise, from external stimulation or even prayer and meditation. The point is it can come whenever you want. You’ll recognize it because it often makes no sense, OR it makes sense of the nonsensical.

You’ll suddenly understand something you’ve been struggling with for a while, or you may get an idea for something you’ve never thought of before.

All you have to do is trust yourself.

Meaning, your mind has to be on board. You have to believe it’s possible, probably even, that you have access to all the knowledge you need, whenever you need it.

Intuition does not need to be taught. It needs to be allowed

It’s always been within you, dormant, waiting for you to turn toward it. 

You can start with a small willingness to know more truth, light and wisdom as it applies to your own life. You can begin to pray to have obstacles removed or to diminish or change your perception of a struggle. 

A desire to connect to yourself starts to open the doors to inner knowing, especially when that desire is accompanied by a willingness to receive and pay attention to what has been heard or sensed. 

Some people just know things, and they don’t necessarily believe what their inner voice tells them. They invalidate and reject what they feel or believe. 

That closes the door to higher perception and your inner knowing. It literally shuts down intuition.

Instead, in those moments, you’re giving more power to fear – of being wrong, different, of needing to change your life based on what you heard. 

In order to open the doors to intuition, and to keep them open, you need to be willing to hear and know, and you need to be willing to trust.

And, damn, trust is not a simple thing.

Some people have lived practical lives, dictated by circumstance. They’ve developed a finely-tuned and often controlled or controlling method of existence. Then they live within those lines. Others may have tried to trust their intuition before and felt they made mistakes.

Trust involves not just a willingness to receive information from another level, but also a willingness to believe in our own capacity to flow with life – and to change what needs to be changed in order to do so. 

Many people know a great deal but are afraid to let themselves recognize the information they receive because of where it might take them. If you want to open the doors more for your intuition, you have to let go of the fear in order to let in light and truth.

Now, more than ever, it’s especially important to reclaim our ability to know and trust ourselves, and let that state give rise to intuition. Otherwise, we are left not knowing what or who to believe, not knowing which direction to choose. Without access to the deeper intuitive sense that is part of us, we live at the mercy of public opinion rather than in the presence of our own truth.

It’s long past time to allow your inner senses to awaken and to become aware of exactly how powerful you are. 

You can start with meditation, prayer, journaling, dancing, silence, anything that frees your mind and opens it to receive what wants to come through.

You may not recognize the voice of your intuition immediately, but it’s always there, waiting to be heard.

9 Ways We Sabotage Our Intuition And How To Stop

American Philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “primary wisdom is intuition.” Meaning, it’s not just theory. It’s part of who we are. 

Without training, we can happen upon it occasionally. When we follow our intuition, we usually like the results. 

What would happen if we learned to tap into our own innate intuition on a daily basis? 

As Carl Jung said, “intuition does not denote something contrary to reason, but something outside of the province of reason.” It is real and it is not just in our heads. What’s more, our head can’t control it.

We sabotage our intuition all the time. Here are nine examples of how, and what we can choose to do instead:

1. We hurry so much that we don’t take time to listen to our intuition

Slow down or just be still. Make space to listen.

2. We don’t look for the symbolism in things or events, nor do we develop our symbolic ability.

– Open to possibilities. Signs and symbols are everywhere.

3. We let our ego control us, and insist on being in charge of everything.

– The ego is threatened by the presence of your intuition. The truth is no one has control of anything. Let go and watch what arrives.

4. We confuse intuition with fear and wishful thinking.

– When we stay in our heads and let our emotions take over, we lose the gifts our intuition can offer. It IS real and it CAN and DOES help all the time.

5. We continue to hold close the opinions of those who don’t believe in intuition or want to use it.

– Intuition is contagious. But so is the lack of intuition. Mind your environment.

6. We think we can force intuition, like pedaling a bike or pumping weights.

– Intuition comes where and when invited, but not on demand. The more you force, the less able you are to receive. Pushing, by definition, means being closed off.

7. We insist on staying in our logical, rational thinking to find solutions or make decisions.

– When we are centered, using emotional intelligence tools and habits, intuition can flood us with endless creative alternatives that the intellect would never conceive.

8. We listen to our ego when it tells us it can handle the problem itself.

– Remind the ego that it is safe to trust yourself and make space to listen.

9. We believe we don’t need to learn tools, skills or habits to master tapping into intuition.

– By getting trapped in the endless loop of our heads – overthinking the process of intuitively feeling – we never get a chance to develop our intuition at all.

One of the most brilliant and analytical minds of the twentieth century was Albert Einstein. Here’s what he had to say: “The real valuable thing is intuition.” 

At the end of the day, you get to decide what you believe is possible, not just for the world, but also for yourself.

Do you believe intuition is real and readily available to support you?

 

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Tarot and How We Use it Today

The Origins of Tarot

Tarot was invented sometime in the mid-15th Century in Italy. It is thought it originated when mystics and astrologers started using ordinary playing cards to tell fortunes.

During the 15th century, special cards were added to the playing cards. Later, these became known as the Major Arcana. They are considered to be the ‘leaders’ of the tarot deck.

The remaining cards are referred to as the Minor Arcana. Usually, these cards are split into four suits: cups, wands, swords and coins (or pentacles), although decks vary greatly.

Tarot has evolved many times over since its original form, becoming more complex and rich in symbolism. The cards themselves have gained meaning over the years from the cultures that adopted their use.

Some cards have come and gone, like The Pope, The Juggler, The Arrow, etc. Many famous alchemists and prophets have used tarot, including Nostradamus and Aristotle.

It was around the 17th Century, tarot evolved into the form we know it as today.  

The Deck

The Major Arcana

The Major Arcana are considered the heart of the tarot deck. These 22 cards are known as the Trump Cards and represent life and its cycles from birth to death. They symbolize the physical, spiritual, intellectual and emotional aspects of humankind and its relationship to the universe.

In the Major Arcana, the 22 cards represent different archetypes, including a nurturing mother, a strong commanding authoritative type, a traditional religious figure, a mystic spiritual figure, and so on. These archetypes represent either real or spiritual figures in one’s life.

If you look at the artwork on a Major Arcana card, you will see a scene that has symbolic elements. Also on many decks, the cards feature a title and number, in Roman Numerals from 0 to 22. There are some decks, however, where the Major Arcana only have pictures (as they were originally). The speculation is that numbers and words weren’t on those decks because the majority of people were illiterate.

If you look closely at the pictures on the Major Arcana, you will find the pictures are indeed steeped with symbolism. The Major Arcana also relate to those things regarding one’s higher purpose. It tells of one’s journey in life especially in relation to their personal character development.

The numbers on the card, ranging from 0 to 22, depict the fool’s journey from birth to death and from innocence to wisdom to (hopefully) enlightenment. In addition to focusing on our spiritual selves, the Major Arcana also give us answers in relation to major life events. They address such things as family, social relationships, jobs and other major milestones.

The Major Arcana represents aspects of the human experience that we all go through in our lives. It looks at our spiritual selves, our hopes, our fears, our joys and sadness. 

The Minor Arcana

Most of the cards in the tarot deck are Minor Arcana cards. These cards fill out the deck, making it more balanced and complete. The 56 cards of the Minor Arcana are split into four suits. Each suit represents a different aspect of life.

Numerology can be used in conjunction with the Minor Arcana as the cards are numbered from 1 to 10, or Ace through 10. There are four nobles cards in each suit, as well: Page, Knight, Queen, and King. This makes 14 cards in each suit.

The Suits of the Minor Arcana

Wands (Staves or Spears) encompass growth, ideas and creativity. They are associated with the element of fire and the season of spring and ACTION.

Cups represent emotional desire and encompass affairs of the heart, desires and the inner self. They are associated with the element of water and the season of summer.

Pentacles (Shields or Coins) represent material possessions and encompass money, wealth, health, prosperity and property. They are associated with the element of earth and the season of autumn.

Swords (Knives or Daggers) is the suit of all things with sharp edges. They represent the intellectual self, as well as ideas, thoughts, morality and strife. They are associated with the elements of air and the season of winter.

The Noble Cards of the Minor Arcana

The Page is a bearer of messages and the harbinger of communication. This card represents youth and the beginnings of maturity.

The Knight is a traveler, who brings change and good deeds into the world. This card represents new relationships, friendship, courage and stability.

The Queen is a strong female. She has the ability to lead, listen and guide. She represents the completion of relationships, jobs and projects, also a strong emotional person who knows where they are going and what they want.

The King is a strong male figure. He is the leader of the suit, the end of it, and the highest mark. He represents a mature and wise person who knows what he can and cannot accomplish.

The Numbers of the Minor Arcana

One/Ace: Represents beginnings, action, will, new ideas, creative power, potential, first causes, primary impulses, and positive activities.

Two: Represents partnerships, relationships, polarities, balancing, duality, choices, patience, stillness, and positive and negative.

Three: Represents synthesis, growth, creativity, abundance, collaboration, friendship, artistic expression, refining plans, and preparing to take action.

Four: Represents foundations, discipline, work, order stability, solidity, tangible achievement, and practical attainment.

Five: Represents new cycles, change, progress, shifts, adjustment, fine tuning, instability, challenge, versatility, freedom, and courage.

Six: Represents balance, health, beauty, harmony, contentment, relaxation, satisfaction, equilibrium, marriage, family, and sympathy.

Seven: Represents spirituality, wisdom, perfect order, the macrocosm, religion, luck, magic, and multiple options.

Eight: Represents victory, will, success, regeneration, rebirth, reevaluating, putting things in order, and setting priorities.

Nine: Represents compassion, integration, movement, flexibility, fulfillment, attainment and benevolence.

Ten: Represents transition, renewal to a new cycle, completion, wholeness, mastery, excess, and overabundance.

How We Use Tarot Today

Many believe Tarot cards serve only to tell the future, but this is not true. When used traditionally, Tarot cards speak of the past and present, and are supposed to give clues and ideas about the future you are potentially heading into.

Tarot cards align with the energies projected onto them. As you shuffle the deck, you and your energies place the cards where they will be most beneficial for you. Some shuffle the deck until the cards feel right. Some people shuffle the cards three times, then cut. But it’s up to you.

For centuries, people have been using symbols as a type of divination. Tarot is no different. Each of the 78 cards has an individual meaning. Tarot is an interactive Divination Art. The cards interact with each other, giving them new and more complex meaning. A card representing the past will influence a card representing the present and the future and so on.

Intuition

Intuition plays a big part in reading Tarot. Each card has a standard meaning, but the difference between a good card reader and an ordinary one is how well their intuition is developed.

An intuitive card reader will use their senses and intuition, as well as the literal interpretation of a card, to get the full essence of the card’s meaning. Like everything else, the more we use our intuition the sharper it becomes. 

The stronger our intuition develops, the more accurate our readings become. Tarot cards are tools that help focus the intuition for those with intuitive skills. 

Those who are not open to the idea of the Tarot and intuition dismiss the idea of the cards as a cheap parlor trick. The truth is most people have a misconception of what a reading is. It’s the intuitive gifts the reader has and how he or she applies them to the cards that makes a reading effective. 

Many people who read cards are already intuitive from a very early state in in their lives, which is what made them gravitate to tarot in the first place. The cards are not magic. It’s the person’s energy that is used to create a powerful interaction. The reader’s connection to the cards, intuition and interpretation make the magic happen during a reading. 

When done traditionally, a Tarot reading can put everything into perspective in a clear and understandable way. Every reading is prefaced by a question.

Oftentimes, each card will then come up in the past, present, or future position and will shed some light on the topic of your question.


Witchy Women Magic Shoppe is a woman-owned, ethical, sustainable and philanthropic metaphysical supply shoppe. Our mission is to support healing, growth and restoration of people and the planet.

All our handmade products are infused with frequency 528Hz – the frequency of miracles and love – thought to resonate at the core of everything. It connects the heart and spirit with Divine Harmony.

This sound has been used since ancient civilizations to manifest miracles, bring blessings, and harness a healing property. It is now available to you in every candle, oil, potion, herbal blend, spray, soap or salt.