Wheel of Fortune

Wheel of Fortune

When this card appears I see good luck, destiny, karma and life cycles. You are exactly where you should be in your life.
9 of Pentacles

9 of Pentacles

This card is about gratitude, self-sufficiency and appreciation. It is about all of the hard work and effort you have put in to get you to where you are now.
Knight of Pentacles

Knight of Pentacles

This knight is reliable, hard-working, stable, and strong. I would pick him for my team anyday!

the fool

Eleven years ago, I was very pregnant with my first child. My due date was March 31st, but as that day came and went I found myself concerned that an April Fools delivery was a strong possibility. If I gave birth on April Fools Day, would that mean that my child’s birthday would be forever tied to a day of foolish pranks and jokes? Luckily, the universe stepped in and resolved the situation. I gave birth to my daughter,Jamie, on April 2nd, the same date as my husband’s birthday!

Today is April Fool’s Day. You may ask . . . What exactly does it mean to be The Fool?

Enter the card with the number zero!

The Fool is a bit enigmatic is its origin. Some translations of The Fool are not positive, saying that he would be more fittingly labeled “The Idiot”. But, others interpret him as a “Troubadour”, someone hired to entertain at the court of a king somewhere, a jester of sorts.

Being at the number zero, he has no past, only an infinite future. He does not have a specific placement in the order of the cards, he can be at the beginning or the end.

The Fool stands for each of us as we begin our journey. With his arms wide open and his head held high, he is ready to accept whatever comes his way. He is as oblivious to the edge of the cliff he stands on, as he is unaware of the adversity and challenges he will face as he goes out in the world. He is ready to go in any direction and he is open to all possibilities.

The message of The Fool is to fear nothing. He represents a carefree, relaxed and open attitude. He has the ability to live day by day without worrying about the future. The Fool embraces many child like qualities, which include trust and spontaneity. He is divinely guided and always protected.

You may notice The Fool is boldly dressed in bright clothing as he walks along on a treacherous mountain path. The vibrant colors reflect his enthusiasm and passion for the journey ahead. His worldly possessions are wrapped in a small sack tied to a stick which he holds with his right hand (the right is often thought of as conscious, extrovert, masculine) . He also gazes to the right, showing he is eager for action. In his left hand, (the left is often though of as referring to the subconscious, introvert, feminine) he holds a white rose, symbolizing his innocence. He gazes upwards, clearly in his own little world. The dog at his feet stands for the dangers – both past and future – that can be navigated if The Fool moves carefully and maintains the true essence of his nature.

The Fool has the desire to achieve goals, but, he must be careful to make the right choices. With The Fool’s influence, you are being given the abilities and tools to be able to break free from old routines and attachments.

Some questions to consider at this time: What new journey are you ready to start out on? How can you lighten your load? What is essential at this time and what can be left behind? What are you not paying attention to? What do you fear about starting this new adventure? Where do you need to stop being so practical? Is it time for you to shop for some colorful new clothes?

I commend your courage and determination. Reach out to share a story or seek support on your journey at dina@dinaberrin.com.

Happy April Fool’s Day – and that is no joke!

Until the next time. . . . .

ace of swords

Today is the first day of Spring!

Yes, I know, many would argue (at least here in the northeast) that it doesn’t feel like it. It is cold! But, change is coming, can’t you feel it?

This past week I was exchanging emails with a client. 2013 had been a challenging, unpredictable and taxing year. “When would things change?”, she asked. Good question!

One of the many things I love about tarot is the ability to see and even create the change you are looking for. Let’s dig in.

The traditional tarot deck has four suits: Wands, Cups, Pentacles and Swords.

The four suits of the tarot deck each have their own characteristics, elements, astrologicial signs, symbols and meanings.

Each suit starts in an ace, goes through the ten and then has a court which consists of a page, knight, queen and king. Each card having its place and meaning in the story.

The Aces are the root of each suit. They are the beginning. They are filled with the active energy of the suit, ready to be put to use. I look at the ace’s as NASA rockets, ready for take off!

Swords are the suit of the mind, the intellect, thoughts and ideas.

Swords are the season of Spring.

With the arrival of the new season, I felt the ace would be a perfect place to start. New beginnings in the realm of the mind, thoughts and idea.

The Ace of Swords is about bringing a new attitude and perspective to your every day. Clarity, insight and focus are where we are headed. Put your helmet on!

Let’s take a quick look at the card.

A hand firmly holding an upright swords extends from a cloud. The sword represents the intellect, logic, reason and communication. It is upright and showing its double blade, which indicates its ability to see both sides of a situation. The sky is clear, suggesting mental clarity. A golden crown, associated with leadership and intelligence, rests above the sword. There is an olive branch (peace) on the left and a palm branch (suffering) on the left. The purple and blue mountains in the background are high ideals and mental boundaries.

The sword focuses its attention on what is important. It forces us to ask questions of ourselves and our life. It demands total honesty. It is time to see things as how they are, not as how you hope or imagine them to be.

The Ace of Swords is strong and forceful. It is time to cut away what no longer works. It is time to leave behind old attitudes and beliefs that are slowing our growth and movement forward.

The swords are associated with challenge and conflict. The ace reminds you to get clear in your communication. Find the reality in what you are seeking. And, essentially, cut through the bulls***.

The Ace of Swords is often a new attitude replacing an old one. You must think with your head, not your heart. Focus and concentration are essential.

In the Ace of Swords it is helpful to listen to both sides of an argument before making a choice, and useful to getting things in writing.

In a career, this card would indicate a new career or position where you will be intellectually challenged and/or there is a lot of communication involved. Or,with work, can signal a breakthrough in negotiations.

In relationships, the Ace of Swords can indicate a new relationship with someone of a similar outlook and attitude.

Questions to consider at this time: What old thoughts and attitudes need to be released (or cut)? How can I take the initiative and put my plan into action? Am I allowing/hearing others as they voice their thoughts? What is distracting me right now? What new adventure awaits this Spring? What is the best strategic approach?

Big things are happening this Spring.

I would love to hear about it . . . . or help you plan for it. Find me at dina@dinaberrin.com

Until the next time . . . .

5 of wands

I pulled the card for this month’s blog a few days before the month of February ended. We were slowly emerging from (in my experience) one of the most deeply felt Mercury Retrogrades in recent memory. If you are wondering what Mercury Retrograde is, I wrote a blog about it last year, http://www.dinaberrin.com/2013/02/22/mercury-retrograde-ahead/ , though the dates are changed, the theory remains the same. February was a month of curve balls, unexpected situations and emotional drama. Did you feel it?

We move from Mercury Retrograde to the Five of Wands.

Have you ever had one of those days when things just aren’t going your way? You get in the shower to find there is no soap? You arrive at the train station in time to watch your train pull out? You get mustard/ketchup/tomato sauce on your shirt during lunch? I had one this week when I bought a pair of cute flats and I came home to find 2 left shoes in the box!?! Minor as they may seem, they are maddening!

Let’s take a closer look at what is happening here.

As we enter the scene of the Five of Wands, five boys are waving their wands around at each other in a harmless yet chaotic free-for-all. Is this sport practice? A brainstorming session? Have they been given a problem to solve and this is their way of working on it? They are dressed in play clothes of their era, no team uniform is worn. The variety of colors and patterns shows the different mind sets and personalities each individual brings to the “fight”. There is a clear blue sky overhead. The color blue symbolizes expression and communication, especially in the form of speech. There is solid ground underneath the boys, signifying the fertile soil of originality and creativity.

Wands are the suit of Fire. They represent ideas, intention, energy, will, desire, and growth. Wands are the active, creative force behind our actions.

Fives in tarot are hard. They appear when change is needed. For many people, change is hard, which is why the five cards often show loss, sadness, distrust, competition and difficult times. But, there is more to the five that is not always seen. Fives are also about adventure, change, freedom, expansion and exploration. I often look at the fives as short term difficulties. It is time to use this challenge as a learning experience that will end with you coming out on top!

If you look at these hindrances with a positive attitude, they can be positively dealt with. It makes me think of a poster I saw last week at my daughters’ gymnastics class – “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right”. Henry Ford said that!

The Five of Wands tells of the games people play, and their determination to play the game to win. Competition and struggle are a part of our daily lives. In order to really get in the game, it is important to be honest with yourself to figure out what you really want (and need) right now. Once your goal/target has been set, you can position yourself to play to win.

Some questions to think about: Am I listening to other points of view or am I always looking for a way to get my point across? Where can I find common ground? What good and solid information has emerged from (this) conflict? How can I add new color and my own sense of style to my wardrobe? How can I make this less conflict and more play/fun?

I welcome thoughts, feedback, stories and am happy to be a part of your next party or get together. Reach me directly at dina@dinaberrin.com.

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Until the next time . . . . .

2 of wands

Greetings and warm tidings to all of those new to my blog. If you are receiving this there is a good chance you have had a reading from me recently. I like to keep the good vibrations of tarot coming your way and hopefully you will be inspired to use it as you move forward on your path.

Was it just me, or did January show up like a bear this year? There seemed to be little time to pause and reflect about where to go or what to do for 2014. For so many clients and party guests that I have been reading for, it seems that January arrived full of brawn and bluster, and has been pushing us to stretch and grow. I hand picked our card for this posting. It is a card I have seen a lot this month and it also has a nice tidy lesson for us to take with us.

So, let’s meet the LORD OF DOMINION . . . the Two of Wands. By the way, this is his real title, not one that I cooked up. Kind of how in WWE the wrestlers have their real name and a title they go by . . .ie THE ROCK and Dwayne Johnson? Similar theory. The title give us more information and insight as to who this guy really is. So, back to tarot . . .

The Two of Wands represents opportunity, especially in business.

The Two of Wands often brings the decision of whether to continue in the direction you have been traveling or to go in search of new experiences, or a new direction. It can suggest that you are bored with your current situation and want more. How you feel and how others experience you may be at odds. On the outside it may appear that you have it all and are very successful, but, on the inside, questions and changes have been going on for quite some time. Maybe you have a new plan of action or the desire to do something other than where you are today? You may feel that your inner fires have been burning on low and that you are in desperate need of something new. A change of scenery, direction, career, or new life altogether.

The Two of Wands is also about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone into the area of discovery. Discovery of the self, the world and all of its experiences. Through this card you gain confidence, courage and you become clearer about your creative process and goal setting. Along with this comes the feeling of expansion and ultimately, fulfillment. It is time to take your idea and make it a plan.

The Two of Wands can also stand for boldness and creativity. When you see this card it may indicate that the timing is right for a daring and inventive move that may just surprise everyone. It is not a time to be subtle.

Let’s look at some of the images in the card and what they symbolize. The wand fastened to the wall represents the success that you have already achieved. The second wand represents a new undertaking. The globe the man holds suggests the tremendous potential for success. The Rose, a symbol of purity, promise, beauty, new beginnings and hope is a reminder that we must take the opportunity to recognize the beauty around us. The individual in the card looking out to sea suggests trade and may indicate strong partnerships and alliances. The colors are few in this card but include an orange tunic which indicates an enthusiasm for life, a brown over garment which is the color of earth referring to his commitments and obligations,and a red hat which references a passion for adventure.

Some questions we might ask ourselves as we think about this card and its meaning, and how it corresponds to where we are in our own lives: Where do I need to push past my comfort zone? As I look to move forward, how/where do I find I am distracted? Where have I delayed taking the initiative to do something bold? Am I as well informed as I need to be to decide my next step? What ideas am I bringing together in a new and different way? What action can I take now to ensure myself a stronger position in the future?

I always love to hear thoughts and feedback on cards and how they are working with you right now. You can reach me at dina@dinaberrin.com

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Until the next time . . . . .

high priestess

Hello and welcome 2014!

A day or two before new years I realized I was in much need of a haircut. As I chatted with my lovely hair stylist while she sniped, we got onto the topic of new years traditions. She asked if I was planning on eating 12 grapes at midnight. No, I had not planned on it. But that got me thinking. Each culture has rites and traditions they follow to help boost their chances of having a successful, prosperous and healthy year. Here are a few that I found interesting: Eating black eyed peas or other legumes (which resemble coins) for prosperity, wearing red underwear on new years eve for prosperity and luck in the new year (in Spain), bang a loaf of white bread against a brick wall to chase out the bad luck of the former year (in Ireland), and of course, the good ole midnight/new year’s kiss to bring you luck in love in the year to come. The list goes on.

So, as we come to a new year in the realm of tarot, I have my own ritual. I pull one major arcana card (one of the title cards, not one of the suits) to get the tone and energy for the year. I carefully remove all 22 major arcana from the deck and as I sit and think about all that has happened and all that I would like to happen, I mix the cards. When I am ready, I remove one and turn it over. This year’s winner: The High Priestess.

What will be in store for us this year with the High Priestess leading the way? Where do I begin? While she can be mysterious and enigmatic, the High Priestess represents wisdom, serenity, knowledge and understanding. She is the ruler of what is hidden and secret, the essence of behind the scenes. She knows what is really going on. The High Priestess challenges us to go deeper, to look beyond and beneath what is superficial, to find what is hidden and uncommon. She challenges you to live to your fullest potential and then some, she asks you to find the unlimited possibilities that lie within. The High Priestess is deeply intuitive. Her appearance in a reading often indicates the need for listening (to yourself) and trusting your own inner voice. She does have a connection to the subconscious mind, and would advise that you pay attention to your dreams and gut instincts. The High Priestess can also indicate that your life is beginning to change. Things that you had possibly come to rely on as a given may have shifted, things can not be taken for granted.

There are so many symbols in this card, it is hard to choose. Here are a few of the images that pop out for me: Black and White Pillars – signify duality – yin/yang, dark/light, feminine/masculine, passive/aggressive. These pillars are the two main pillars at the Temple of Solomon, the first holy temple in ancient Jerusalem. The black pillar marked B stands for Boaz which is the Hebrew word for negation and symbolizes the feminine aspect (intuition, imagination, creativity, receptivity, passivity, compassion – the subconscious). The white pillar marked J for Jachin which means beginning symbolizes the masculine (physical force, logic, practicality, action, aggression – the conscious). The pillars support the veil. Behind her is a veil/tapestry of pomegranates (which is the Egyptian symbol for prosperity and ambition). Pomegranate seeds cover the veil symbolizing the formation of plans, ideas, dreams, possibilities, and potential. Behind the veil we get a brief peek at a body of calm blue water, a reference to the subconscious mind and universal knowledge. A crescent moon sits at her feet symbolizing growing knowledge and insight. It suggests that by reflecting on your life or situation, the necessary information or answer will filter through. She is cloaked in a gown of pale blue which suggests that her interest is purely spiritual. Over her heart is a cross which represents the four elements (Fire, Water, Air and Earth) or the four directions (North, East, South, and West). The cross also represents balance. She sits still and composed, almost in a constant state of meditation, indicating that this is not a time for action but a time for reflection and inner thought. I could go on, but I think it is clear, she is complicated and deep, thoughtful and introspective. Kinda like you!

As we start this new year with so much promise and renewed vigor, here are some questions for you to consider. Am I listening to my inner voice? How can I more clearly understand my life and purpose? What secrets am I keeping? Have I given thought to my action(s)? Where in my life is it best for me to sit still? What is really going on?

When I left my hair salon, I made a quick stop and picked up some grapes (I admit I am a sucker for some good karma). I made 12 thoughtful wishes for the new year and can’t wait to use my intuitive powers to make them a reality. With the High Priestess by my side, I am off to a good start.

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Until the next time . . . .