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!

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 . . . .

orange cupcake

Today is my day – Happy Birthday to me!

This is such an exciting week, I wanted to kick it off with a shout out – to you!

For those of you following the always interesting and often fascinating world of astrology, you know that this month arrived with some fanfare. We had our first of two eclipses last week, on April 15th. It was a lunar eclipse, a blood moon. The second event of this month is to occur this week. A grand cardinal cross on April 23rd – and no laughing matter. The final event of the month is to occur on April 29th, a solar eclipse. With all of this astrological activity, things have been a bit emotionally fraught. Things are unsure. Change is swirling around us.

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While this is all going on, I am preparing to attend one of my favorite events of the year. A big tarot conference called The Readers Studio created by my friends at The Tarot School. This year, I will be teaching/offering a class to my fellow tarot enthusiasts. My topic: The Essentials of Reading Tarot Like a Pro. See link here: http://tarotschool.com/RS14/RS14_Berrin.html

So often when I do a reading, my querent is amazed by what I know. They ask how I was able to pick up on certain nuances of their situation. In my class, I plan on sharing a few of my secrets.

No worries friends, I plan on sharing a few here with you as well.

This blog, and the next few I send, will share a few such details.

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Today, let’s start with something which seems so basic. Color. Do you know how much information you can pick up about something/someone from the use of color? So much!

The tarot cards are full of images, numbers, and colors, and not to forget, they all have meanings as well! One of the many things I often look to see in a spread of cards is what colors come up repeatedly. I then take this to the next level by using a few of my other information sources (people, structures, natural resources, animals) and use that to form an idea or scenario (in my head).

My favorite color is orange. Always has been. And, seeing that today is my birthday, I chose my beloved orange to share some insight on color.

Orange is a power color. It is active and vibrant and connected to movement. Orange triggers creativity. Would you believe that people who love orange are often curious and love exploring new things? The color orange radiates warmth, happiness and a cheerful energy. It is uplifting and optimistic. Orange offers up strength in difficult times. Orange can help if you are depressed, bored or lonely. It brings out our inner joy. Orange is social and freedom loving. Someone drawn to the color orange shows a certain optimism about the future and a natural enthusiasm for living their lives. Orange is looking to expand and succeed in life. Orange is also a stimulant – so, if you find yourself often hungry, or in need of scaling back or if you have chosen to paint your kitchen in this vibrant color, you might want to tone it down a bit or think about repainting.

Where is the color orange showing up in your life? What is your experience with the color orange? Do you like it? Why or why not? What color do you find showing up time and again in your life? Requests for my next choice of color?

Please comment on the color orange, this blog post and your thoughts on my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dina-Berrin/110319915692369. Or, hey, just stop by and wish me a Happy Birthday!

Until the next time . . . . .

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. . . . .