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!

purple cowThe final color we will explore on our adventure of how tarot and color work together is the vibrant and magnetic . . . . . can you tell I am a fan?. . . PURPLE.  I will summarize the colors in my next blog and will continue to reference them as we move forward and explore other areas of tarot.

So, PURPLE!

Remember when you were younger and in school, you were taught what colors mixed together would make other colors?  Well, purple is the combination of calm, cool, serene blue (see blog about blue here :  http://www.dinaberrin.com/2014/08/25/out-of-the-blue/) and fierce, hot, energetic red (see blog about red here:  http://www.dinaberrin.com/2014/05/12/red-carpet-ready/).

So, you ask, what does that bring us?

When positive, these colors work together to boost imagination and creativity.  Purple is intuitive and spiritual, and maybe a little secretive.  Purple is a powerful color with high ambitions, dreams and desires.  Purple is uplifting and calming.   And the flip side?  When these colors are not working to their highest potential, purple can be moody, irritable, impatient and/or arrogant.  Purple is independent and does not like to have ideas or beliefs imposed upon by others.

Purple is a color that rarely shows up in nature and as a result it is seen as having sacred meaning.  The flowers Lavender, Orchid, Lilac and Violet are all consider delicate and precious.

Have you ever heard the phrase “Purple Cow” ?  It is sometimes used to describe something that is unique, remarkable, eye catching or unusual.   Go ahead, Google it, you will see that a book has even been written about it!

In ancient Rome,  the Emperor’s Julius and Augustus Caesar were referred to as ‘The Purple’ and were the only ones allowed to wear purple Imperial robes.

Later, in ancient Rome, Magistrates were permitted to wear togas with purple ribbons.  But, any other use of the color Purple was punishable by death! The color purple is associated with luxury, royalty, power, nobility and ambition.    Its meaning is often linked with wealth, wisdom, devotion, magic, pride, independence, creativity, mystery and extravagance.

purple moon

The color purple is associated with luxury, royalty, power, nobility and ambition.    Its meaning is often linked with wealth, wisdom, devotion, magic, pride, independence, creativity, mystery and extravagance.

lovers

So what about the color purple in the tarot?    In the Lovers card, the Archangel Raphael presides over a scene quite similar to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.   Raphael, the angel of Air, who is floating above the figures, is cloaked in purple.   Air is about communication, thought, strategy, mental strength and intelligence.  When purple shows up on a tarot card it implies that guidance and assistance from the highest realm is now available.   Meaning collaboration with communication and all air issues are getting a little extra charge.   It may also indicate that a karmic or vital life lesson is to be learned.

The Lovers card is not so much about love itself but about the commitments and decisions we make.  This card can be about uncertainty, and about the process we all go through when making big life decisions.

The Lovers is linked to Venus, the planet of love and with it bring in the gentle energy of giving, sharing, beauty and harmony.    With the influence of Mercury, the planet of communication, the message is to keep your feet on the ground and your head out of the clouds.  Level headed thinking and strong communications are the foundation for any relationship whether it be for business, family, friendship, love or other.

Questions to consider:  How and where does the color purple show up in your life?  What area of your life would benefit from you doing something unusual or dynamic?  What makes you unique?  How can you use your creativity to make a positive change?  Who is your inner Purple Cow and how can you invite him/her to come out and play?

I support you as you explore what is coming up next for you.  If you would like to schedule a private session, small group or party, please reach out to me.   I am booking sessions for later October and the remainder of the year.

As always, I welcome your stories and connections.  I wish you awareness and success in all of your pursuits.

Until the next time . . .

Blue scenic waterHave you recently heard from a old friend that you haven’t seen, spoken to or even thought of in a LONG time?

Have you changed things up a bit in your life – a routine, way of thinking or overall approach to how you are living your life?

Are you moving in a direction that you have been thinking about but not acting on for too long now?

Does it feel that these connections and/or changes are out of the blue or, if you dig a little deeper, maybe not?

How can color help us get a feel for what is going on?

Let’s talk about the color blue.

Blue is so prevalent in our lives.

All we need to do is look to the sky to see how the color blue shows up in our lives.  Some words that come to mind are expansiveness, open space, imagination, inspiration and freedom.

Did you know that the color blue is the most favorite color of both men and women throughout the world?  It is also considered to be the friendliest color on the spectrum. 

Blue is the color of the ocean and water and represents life.

Blue is also the color of sleep and the twilight.

Blue is connected to the moon – in color and in its emotional connection.

Blue brings heightened intuition, sincerity, peace and joy.

Blue is calming, gentle and inspires a certain composure.

Blue is truth, loyalty, communications, reliability, trustworthiness, and responsibility. 

JudgementThe Judgement card, with its blue background, is an awakening.    It is a time to make new plans with new purposes and new ambitions.

The Judgement card literally shows ‘Judgement Day’ or an awakening when it is time to prepare for a new stage in our lives.

The picture on this card is both beautiful and sometimes puzzling to those who look to understand what they are seeing.  Yes, those are naked figures we see rising from gray coffin-like boxes.   Their arms extended out in a welcoming pose, accepting the higher knowledge that Archangel Gabriel is sharing with open arms.  The flag is an announcement to change.  And, the horn is calling to us (out loud) to rise to the occasion.    This is not an unhappy scene.  These figures show facial expressions of wonder and elation.

The Judgement card can be complicated because it often deals with circumstances that can be challenging and often final.

Judgement can be about forgiveness  – on both sides -  you may be doing the forgiving or you may be the one forgiven.  It can also be about the need to do something that you have been putting off or having the courage to finally end something that just isn’t working.  It is about moving on.

Judgement can often be a time of healing.  The kind of healing in a hospital or possibly just time to get over a life event.

The Judgment card indicates past efforts will now yield positive results.  It is up to you to use your judgment and good sense to make the changes that you desire.

It is a time to focus on goal setting, using the knowledge you have gathered from past actions.  It is important to note that sometimes experience is gained from poor decisions we have made, and sometimes we hold ourselves responsible for mistakes that have been made.  It is time to forgive and move forward.

Combining the color blue and Judgement, we are able to to find the strength,  trust and inner wisdom to find the answers that we seek.

It is time to invite that old friend into your life again or is it best to let sleeping dogs lie?   You must decide.

Some questions for you to consider:  Am I judging myself or others too severely?  How can I raise myself out of a situation that seems bleak?  Am I ready to step out of the box/routine which has become stale and uninspiring?  Is it time for a transformation in my life?

Please feel free to share your stories with me.

I am available for readings, parties and events.  Please feel free to reach out to see how we can work together this fall.

Until the next time . . . . .

yellow brick road

 

I think about the color yellow and, for me,  the sun instantly comes to mind.  Who doesn’t love the sun?  It is warm, bright, magnetic and makes everything brighter and clearer when it is around.

Yet, the truth is, the meaning of the color yellow can be varied and almost contradictory, depending on who you ask.  Yellow seems to be one of those colors that people either absolutely LOVE or simply LOATHE.

Yellow is one of the three primary colors (the other two being blue and red).  Feelings  and meanings about the color may change with the tint or shade - for example, the difference between a pastel yellow or a golden yellow.

Yellow is both the lightest and brightest color on the color wheel.    Would you believe that even some blind people can detect the color yellow when it shows up?

Yellow rules the Solar Plexus Chakra, the Solar Plexus essentially acts as the brain of our nervous system.   Powerful.

Yellow is about intuition.    It is also about the intellect, mental power and concentration.  Yellow promotes self confidence and also helps us cope during time of stress.

In the tarot, when yellow shows up it suggests that the use of intuition and your own intelligence will solve the issue, situation or conundrum.    In tarot, yellow suggests positive outcomes, clarity and a way forward.

L. Frank Baum, the writer of The Wizard of Oz, tells the classic and phenomenally popular story of self contradiction.  The scarecrow who thinks he has no brains though he keeps coming up with solutions on the journey.  The tinman who thinks he has no heart, but is emotional and heartfelt in how he interacts with the creatures they encounter on their journey.  And, the cowardly lion who thinks he lacks courage but is braver than he thinks.    Along with their not quite fearless leader Dorothy and her dog Toto, they are all seeking something.   All lacking self confidence,  these characters personify intelligence, caring, courage and the intention of moving forward.    And what started them on this journey?     The yellow brick road!  A path of redemption, healing, optimism, change and illumination.

Yellow is not always upbeat and positive.  Take the series Breaking Bad (anyone?), a popular  crime drama series that has recently ended, about a chemistry teacher turned drug cooker/dealer.   The color yellow is often associated with the meth cooking and selling going on.  Yellow also stands for caution, as the characters get deeper into the meth business.  They wear their yellow protective jumpsuits while working in the underground super lab, indicating their need to control what is going on and the hazard/danger of what they are doing.   You may not have noticed, but if you go back and review,  you may be surprised by where it shows up!

As with many things, different cultures interpret this vibrant color in a variety of ways.  For example, in Japan, yellow means courage and nobility.  In China, it represents honor and royalty.  Yellow is the color of merchants in India.  And, in Egypt, yellow is reserved for mourning.

What does yellow mean to you?

page of pentacles

I was prepared to show you the Sun card, but, I am guessing you expected that, so, I changed it up a bit and selected the Page of Pentacles.  Another favorite!

The figure in the card is holding a golden pentacle and is surrounded by a rich landscape under a bright yellow sky.  This card is about seeing the light in all that is practical and realistic in the world.  The suit of pentacles is the element of earth, which give this card some roots.   With the energetic yellow filling the background, this card is about events turning in your favor.  The energy of this card is about manifesting your success.   The level of focus and intention the page is giving to the pentacle shows where his head is.  Pay attention to the details and you will achieve beneficial results.

What you put in is what you get out.

Some things to think about:  Are you 100% committed to your success?  Where are you focusing your attention?  Are you considering all of the possibilities?  Have you created a short and long term plan?  Where does the sun need to shine in your life and what can you do to invite it in?  Is it time to go to the beach?

If you are looking to get clear on your path, let’s schedule a session or gathering with friends to get creative, aware and to lighten your load.

Until the next time . . . .

red carpet

Are you starting to notice colors and where they are showing up for you?

Today we will look at the color RED.

Red is associated with danger, power, strength, war, energy and determination. It is also linked to desire, passion and love.

Red is energizing and action oriented. It is passionate and strong. Red embodies a pioneering energy with a spirit of leadership, ambition and tenacity. It indicates movement. Red is passion, sexual attraction and lust. Enduring love is most often expressed by the color pink, and we all know the difference (in both the color and the feelings attached).

As with most things, there are both positive and negative values associated with red. We have spoken already of some positive qualities, let’s try the flipside. Red can be considered aggressive, angry, domineering, quick tempered, brutal, fearful, rebellious. intolerant, and even violent at times.

The expressions “seeing red” (angry), “red flag” (danger) and “caught red handed” (guilty or deceitful) are all derived from these meanings as well.

Surrounding yourself with too much red can be irritating or bring on anger quickly. But not enough red can bring on cautious, manipulative or fearful feelings.

magician

The Magician, cloaked in his red robe is the quintessential active, male overachiever. Look at the power and confidence he exudes in his stance and aura! He is powerful. This guy does not doubt himself, not for one second. He is charming, intelligent, creative, intuitive and decisive.

When the Magician appears in a reading there is meaning and direction. Anything and everything is possible. Manifestation. Use your will, courage and positive attitude to create the outcome that you desire.

Also, be aware, the Magician has a BIG ego. When not cautious, he can be experienced as unreliable, a poor communicator, manipulative and as someone who may abuse his power. He may also lack motivation and will power, maybe riding on his reputation or prior work.

If you were dating the Magician, he might be that hot guy who shows up in a flashy red sports car ready to take you out for a wild night on the town. To paint the town red – wink, wink. He is a bit of a player. He is likely not interested in a long term thing, just some fun for the right now. Good to know as you ease into those plush leather seats!

Put the power of the color red and the ever resourceful Magician to work in your life. The important goals and milestones you envision for your life are possible. All you need to do is take action. The red carpet awaits, are you ready?

Questions to consider: What action can I take to move me into a better position? Where do I need to take a leadership role? Where am I inspired? Am I being too impulsive? Do I need to release my anger at someone/something? What no longer excites me and needs to be eliminated from my life? Where can I add some red and some POP to my wardrobe?

Tell me what YOU think about the color red. Email me or find me on my FB page – comments encouraged!

Until the next time . . . .

green trees

I have returned from the Tarot Readers Studio, an amazing weekend full of teaching new ideas, sharing information and trying some very cool new techniques to add to my own tarot readings.

As I went through the weekend I was looking for something to bring back for you as well.

In one very lively and interesting round table discussion, the dynamic and witty discussion leader put out to all of us the question: “How do you know that you know what you know?”

Asking us, what tools we use, what information is necessary for us to have/know as we predict, give guidance and shine a path for our clients?

What are the skills you use in your day to day that give you the information that you need to make choices and decisions? I have heard about gut feelings and signs from the universe, but, how do you *know*?

Colors, dreams, timing, images, astrological affiliations and meanings, signs, noticing coincidences or themes and trusting yourself are all great places to start.

7 of wands

The color of today is GREEN.

Green is the color of the season of Spring. It is the color of life, renewal and nature. The color green is associated with freshness, growth, fertility and the environment.

Other traditional associations of the color green are money, finances, ambition, greed, and jealousy. We have all heard the expression “green with envy”.

Green has healing power, and research has shown it to be the most relaxing and restful color for the human eye to view.

Along with its association with renewal, growth and hope is the flip side, the possibility of a lack of understanding and a need for growth.

Green can be soothing, relaxing and youthful. But, too much green in your life can make you feel lazy, slow and lethargic. Interestingly, not enough green can make you feel apathetic and fearful of rejection. Finding a balance is also part of the equation.

The seven of wands shows the main figure in the card cloaked in a green tunic while also standing on a green patch of land. He is the Lord of Valor. He is taking a stand. He is willing to fight for what he wants and looking to make changes in the world.

Did you notice something off about his footwear? He is wearing two different shoes. This indicates uneven footing or lacking clarity of where he stands and in figuring out what he wants.

Circling back to the concept of knowing what you know, how much stronger could/would the seven of wands’ position be if he had firmer footing?

Questions: Where is green showing up for you in your life? How and where are you looking to grow? Where do you need to wave the white flag and call for a truce? What ideas are you working on right now to grow your business? How can you give yourself a green light? Are you wearing the right shoes?

As always I welcome your email, thoughts and comments.

If you are interested in looking at what is sprouting up for you, I am excited to put my new tools to work!

Until the next time . . . .