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!

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As we head into the holidays and end of the year madness, I selected our latest card . . . the Page of Cups.

The reason I chose this card is partially because (if you read my last blog http://www.dinaberrin.com/2014/11/12/show-your-true-colors/) I promised I would, and partially because I felt it is a great way to start this season.

So often, the end of the year is looked at as the end of a cycle. A new opportunity for us to start again.  New Year’s resolutions and goals are created, intentions are set, and so it goes.

So, what happens right before we get ready to set our goals?

As we move towards this auspicious time, let’s get the juices flowing and get you thinking about what is possible.

As we come upon the Page of Cups, we find a young man dressed somewhat flamboyantly in a blue tunic with a floral print.  He is sporting a free spirited type of beret with a long, flowing scarf attached to it, blue again.   He stands alone with the flowing sea behind him, a reference to our subconscious mind.   He is looking intently at a golden cup which he carries in his hand.  To his surprise, a fish pops it head out of the cup (and appears to be speaking to him).   Crazy, right?   This scene sums up the essence of the Page of Cups . . .the unexpected and surprising nature of inspiration, creativity and intuition.

The spark of illumination comes upon us at the most unexpected times and very often in a way which we do not understand.  Sometimes you just have to trust the process.

Pages have a playful spirit and childlike quality about them  The Page of Cups has a free imagination,  is ready to dream and create the life s/he chooses.  With this energy you can find the part of yourself that is now ready for full expression.

If an event, the Page of Cups can be pregnancy, the birth of a child, a sign of a new relationship or friendship, a new level of happiness in a current relationship, or anything relating to emotional beginnings.  This may appear “out of the blue”.   The color blue, which stands for expression and communication is one of the main colors seen in this card .   Another preeminent color in this card is pink, which appears in the flowers, shirt sleeves and tights.  Pink adds to and enhances the idea of fertility and romance, also showing this page is sensitive and  has a fertile imagination.

Personified, the Page of Cups is a true romantic.   This person would be gentle and compassionate, imaginative and artistic.  He stresses the importance of peace and tranquility and may have a hard time dealing with conflict.  He may be dreamy and somewhat detached, moody and impractical but he is also very rooted and comes from a very solid place.

This page shows a side of your self that needs to be strengthened and built up.  As a society we risk becoming detached from our imaginative side as we become more and more dependent on technology.

The page tells you to never stop listening to your intuition and believing in your dreams.

As we begin thinking about what goals we are willing and able to commit to this coming year, here are a few questions for you to consider:  What is your creative outlet?  What does your intuition tell you?  Where can you be a little more tender or emotional?  Do you have your own personal style?  Is it time to shop for something bold and outrageous to wear to the big holiday party?  What is your dream?

If you are looking for guidance, are getting together with a few friends or just want someone fun to come and entertain your guests while you cook/drink/socialize at your own event, reach out and we can talk about how I can make your 2015 a year to remember.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Until the next time . . .

wheel of fortune colorfulHello and welcome to old friends and new!

If you are just jumping in, I have been speaking of color lately.    I have dedicated each of my last six blog posts to one color.   This posting is a recap of what we have discussed, with a few new additions (I know how curious you are!).   Please feel free to go back and read more.

Let’s jump in, and please let me know what additional or different meanings these colors have for you.

Do you notice how large of a role color plays in our lives? Color influences our mood, energy, environment, personality and even our health.    In the tarot, there is a system and traditions for why card have a certain number, symbol, name and even color.

Color can be a bridge for you between reading the tarot and seeking a corresponding meaning in your daily life.   You may not know the individual meaning, title and symbolism in each card, but if certain colors are present, it can give you an overall energy or feeling for what is happening.  Learning to trust your instinct is an essential element of tarot reading.

What is your color and why?

Violet (purple) – Healing, spirituality, psychic development, unconscious wisdom.  Magic and mystery.  Purple is associated with the Moon and expansion and good fortune.  Beauty, creativity and inspiration.  Crown Chakra (top of head) connects us to the universe and the divine.

Blue – In divination, blue is associated with high ideals and purity.  Blue is the element of water, coolness, peace and tranquility.  Self expression, introspection and sensitivity.  Knowledge, health,decisiveness, winter.   Throat chakra and communication.

Green – Nature, fertility, money, finances, jealousy, protection and healing.  It symbolizes balance, health, self respect and harmony.  Promotes change and growth. Self control, balance and love.  Summer.  Heart Chakra which is love and a higher consciousness.

Yellow – Communication, success, power, clarity, warmth, optimism, use your head.  Self worth, creativity.  Promotes clarity and concentration.  Associated with joy and the Sun.  Spring. Governs the Solar Plexus Chakra, located below the ribs, deals with identity.

Orange – Independence or equality in partnerships and self respect.  Very optimistic, full of power, creativity, vitality,  endurance and healing. Happiness, confidence, resourcefulness, and season of Autumn.  Associated with Mercury (planet of communication).   Sacral Chakra (lower abdomen) which rules sexuality and reproduction.

Red – Fertility,self confidence,  challenges, passion, fire, anger, and self awareness.  Represents action, survival, security and courage. Red represents Mars. Base/Root Chakra (situated at base of spine), and deals with basic survival needs.

Pink – Love, beauty, calm, peace, reconciliation, children, patience and perseverance.

White – Purity, new beginnings and ventures, clear vision, strong energy, original ideas, wholeness.  Take positive action.

Black – Letting go of old sorrows and griefs for acceptance and transformation.  Introspection.  In divination black represents the ending of a period in life.  It could mean release.  It could also mean absorption (like a black hole).  Restless and emptiness, mystery.  What is unseen.

Gray – Timeless, practical and solid.  Loss or depression, unsettling, expectant.

Brown – Planting seeds, earth, grounding, money, animals, and older people.  Simplicity.  Autumn.

As you take the time to really think about each of these meanings, do you agree?  Disagree?  Feel some need to be tweaked a bit?

So, are you up for a challenge?

I am.

Please see below,  the Page of Cups.

page_of_cupsWhat is going on in this card?  Do you notice a color pattern?  What colors are here (even if in small amounts) and what is not?  What jumps out at you first?  Is the energy of this card positive?  Does the figure in this card make you feel happy, sad, hopeful, skeptical or maybe just like laughing because his outfit is so silly?

Challenge:   If you were to give yourself or a friend advice based on this picture and the colors involved, what would you say?

Let me be your friend for this reading.  Reply to me or post a comment on my Facebook page –  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dina-Berrin/110319915692369 - and if you have not liked me yet, please do . . . .  (what are you waiting for?)

Tell me what you see.

In return, for my next blog, I will make the Page of Cups our card and we will speak of color, meaning, symbolism and even his clothing!   Deal?

While you are getting your tarot skills on, please note that the holidays are approaching.  I am available to spice up the end of the year with individual readings, private parties, corporate events and special celebrations.   The time to book is NOW.

I look forward to hearing your comments.

Until the next time . . . .

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 . . . .