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Lena Townsend is a Registered Metaphysical Practitioner (RMP) with the World Metaphysical Association (WMA). Lena also serves as a Membership Coordinator on the WMA Executive Board of Directors. She is a Certified Tarot Master and has been reading Tarot for over ten years. Lena is a Certified Usui Reiki Master Teacher and an Ordained Minister. You may also find Lena writing as the Topeka Psychic Examiner on Examiner.com or working on various projects relating to her many intrests.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Finding the Perfect Tarot Deck

There are so many different Tarot decks on the market these days? How does one decide which deck is the right deck?

It is not wrong to have more than one deck on hand but it would be silly to have a deck that does not fit your needs or skill level. An example of this would be, an inexperienced reader trying to read with a blank deck. Yes, it is possible to read with a deck that has no pictures but it would not be practical for someone that has no knowledge of the Tarot to consider starting with this type of deck. The best deck to start with would be one that offers numerous symbols and pictures in order to illustrate the full meaning of the card.

This being said, the first step to consider would be your skill level. The next step would be to figure out the purpose, or what the cards will be used for. You may want a deck that works wonders for meditation, nearly any deck can be used for that but one that is associated with Spirit guides or Animal Totems may be best for this. For regular readings it is usually best to stick to a deck of 78 cards broke down into the groups of Major and Minor Arcana.

The next step in picking out the perfect deck, and one of the most important, is to consider the way the deck feels to you. If at all possible hold the deck in your hand. Even if you plan to get the deck online, try to picture yourself holding the deck, visualize it in your hand. Feel the energy of the deck, does it feel good to you, are you drawn to it by more than just the design that is on it? Allow yourself a moment to reflect again on your purpose, does it truly fit your need?

Many people share the common thought that it is best to have your deck given to you as a gift. If this is your belief then try this in order to get the perfect deck... When someone asks, "What do you want for your birthday?" Tell them that you want a deck of Tarot cards. Go with them to pick out the deck, actually touch it and feel it, then let them buy it, and remember to be thankful not only for the gift but for the wonderful friend that got it for you.

Another way to get the deck given to you as a gift without a birthday or holiday is to find a friend that is interested in having their own deck. You can make it an afternoon out, lunch, a movie, some shopping, and then of course...off to the bookstore or metaphysical shop to get the deck. You by your friends deck and they buy yours then you give them to one another in celebration of your friendship and spiritual connection. This way of doing things not only adds extra positive energy to the deck but it also gives one a chance to enjoy and celebrate true and lasting friendship.

Some Local Stores That Offer Tarot Decks:

  • Village Witch: 311 N. 2nd Street (785) 856-8777
  • Half Price Books: 1519 W. 23rd Street (785) 856-4253
  • Borders Books, Music, Movies & Cafe: 700 New Hampshire Street (785) 331-3226
  • Hastings Books Music & Videos: 1900 W. 23rd Street (785) 832-0719

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Understanding the message of a dream

Within each dream that one may have are symbols believed to be connected to our conscious world. The symbols, though the meanings may be unclear, are usually very normal aspects of the dream.

Within the dream one may see them self flying free, hoovering just above a field of wildflowers of brilliant color. The colors that stand out may be brilliant purple, red, and white. The flowers are bold and fresh, growing healthy and strong, and slightly dampened with a kiss of dew from the morning. As one glides just above them they feel the wind in their face and caressing their hair, and the sweet smell of the flowers wafts withing that breeze.

Next they are soaring quickly over a lake and seeing the water just below them, the waves caused by the movement of the wind in their flight is like faint ripples and then it swirls into a large spiral and finally a whirlpool as they zip off to their next adventure.

While still in flight they may notice places that they have never seen before and yet feel certain that they have been there. The buildings line the stone streets and the tops of the stairways that lead to areas that are unseen are adorned with stone archways and pillars that are covered in beautiful lush green vines with brilliant orange trumpet flowers bursting to be noticed.

As their flight takes rest the dreamer is in a vineyard filled with row after row of plump red grapes, larger than they have ever seen again softly kissed with the moisture of the morning dew and sparkling to be noticed in the sun against the lush green vines on which they grow. The fruit is full, plump, and enticing though the dreamer does not taste of it.

At the vineyard are banquet hall type tables lined with white lace and linen and covered with a vast array of gourmet foods. Neatly centered on each table are large silver bowls filled with bright, fresh, ripe, fruits. On one table alone there stands rows of crystal stemware and buckets of ice with bottles of wine chilling within them.

As the dreamer reaches for the glass and smells the bouquet that the wine has to offer the dreamer is awakened by the sound of the alarm and the dream fades into the back of the mind but this time does not fade away.

Feeling relaxed and refreshed the dreamer is compelled to find the meaning of the dream and to find the place that this dream may have taken place in. The dreamer feels so alive and motivated, ready for anything. It seems suddenly that dreamer is restless and longing to see the things that were within the dream, to experience in life what they experienced within the dream, the beauty, the nature, the freedom, and life.

This is where one turns to someone that analyzes dreams and asks, "What does it mean?" The dream analyst would now look at each detail of the dream from the way the sky looked, how they flew, to the smell of the wine itself, and from there they would describe the dream in its entirety.

Though no one is absolutely sure how the dream process works there are certain general meanings associated with each symbol within the dream. These meanings may have developed over the years from ancient times or they may be new meanings that have burst out in the New Age but either way they have been proven to be the rule of thumb when it comes to the dream world descriptions.

For example, to dream of a key, depending on the type, size, color and condition of the key, means that some answers are either about to be revealed, are hidden and will remain that way, or are being blatantly ignored by the dreamer in their day to day life. Of course to find the exact meaning we must analyze all aspects of the dream and each individual detail to its fullest extent.

There are numerous books available on the subject from books on how to analyze a dream and books that offer dictionary like lists of definitions for the symbols. Most of these are available for checkout at a local library, online, and at local bookstores.

To find one that interprets dreams in your local area may not be as simple as looking it up in the phone book but there may be local New Age, metaphysical, or pagan shops that may be able to point you in the right direction.

At most every spirit fair across the nation there is at least one reader of this type present, though it may not be listed as their specialty. Intuitive readers, and most psychic mediums can usually offer assistance in dream interpretation as it is a part of the psyche being revealed within the dream.

Some spiritual leaders such as priests and pastors may also be able to offer guidance in this area since the experiences within our dreams are usually carrying a deeper spiritual message that is needing to be revealed.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Magical Night Sky

I remember as a child being fascinated by the magic of the night sky. In school we took a trip to the local planetarium where the dome shaped ceiling filled with pictures and a rumbling voice surrounded us with stories about Earth and the Universe. As Earth turned on its axis and our country grew dark on the screen the dome again was alive with the stars and planets of the Universe. As I watched them carefully I remember thinking how beautiful and magical it seemed and wondering if we could get something like this for my bedroom.

I never really outgrew my passion for the stars and the way the tides move with the changes of the moon. I think as I grew into adulthood I found an even greater love for the sky, both day and night.

Tonight there is a meteor shower caused by a comet passing by and as the earth spins through the particles of the tail of this comet the particles will burn in the Earth's atmosphere causing a light show in the night sky. The Perseid Meteor Shower is believed to be most easily visible by the naked eye tonight and tomorrow night.

During the day we can not see the particles burning in the atmosphere and being disintegrated but at night it is like fireworks in the distance. We can not hear the sounds of them without special equipment but I have heard that the comet sings as it passes the earth. The particles whizzing by are said to make a lovely sound like the sounds of a meditation song.

I can imagine the view from outside the city lights on the open plains of western Kansas...wow, it must be amazing! This would be a great reason, if for no other, to call it "The Land of Awe's." It must look as though the sky meets the Earth in all directions and be absolutely spectacular to see!

For more information on the Perseid Meteor Shower check out the following links:

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Love Getting Things For Free?

Who doesn't like to get something for free, right? The "Domestic Witch" is giving away a lavender kit on their blogsite. The contest called "Lavender Dreams" is to show appreciation for the many followers that have joined in on the fun and networking on the "Domestic Witch" blog.

Most people automatically think of relaxation when they hear about lavender but it has many other uses. For example, lavender tea offers not only relaxation but enhanced clarity.

Burning lavender with a little white sage or sweetgrass makes an excellent smudge for clearing or cleansing a sacred space, a house, or your car of negativity.

Lavender, chamomile, rose, and jasmine mixed in a spray bottle with a little water is an excellent room spray. The scent of all of them together is believed to enhance and evoke romantic emotions.

Lavender and rosemary mixed in sweet almond oil base makes an exceptional massage oil to relieve tension in tight muscles while leaving a scent that increases feelings of joy.

As with any herbs or essential oils it is important to research the precautions associated with them before using them. If you are using them on your skin you should test a small patch on the inside of your elbow at least 24 hours in advance to assure that you are not allergic. If you plan to drink teas made with herbs it is important to consider any medications that you are already taking to make sure that the herbs will not have a negative interaction with the medications. It is also important to get the highest quality herbs from a reputable grower. If you are pregnant or nursing seek the advice of your doctor before using any oils or herbs.

This is a wonderful opportunity to get a great gift for yourself or someone you love and to get it for free. Check out the Domestic Witch blog at www.domesticwitch.blogspot.com for complete contest rules. While you are there sign up to follow this blog to stay up to date with all the latest from the Domestic Witch.

Winter Sunrise

Winter Sunrise
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Winter Sunset