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.
10 of Pentacles

10 of Pentacles

10 of Pentacles is about family support emotionally and financially. It's about ongoing prosperity, inheritance, family assets and overall business success.
Knight of Pentacles

Knight of Pentacles

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

Lord of Abundance

Hello December!

This past month, I had a milestone high school reunion.   Our zany, extroverted, funny and fearless high school class president has been shaking the tree and rallying the troops for months, urging everyone to come and celebrate.  We all noted, she hasn’t changed much!

But, social media *has* changed things greatly since my high school years.  Her outrageous and amusing daily postings on FB became a safe space for joking, banter and amusement that we all came to look forward to as the reunion approached.   It was no real surprise, the turnout was high.    

I count myself as greatly fortunate to have had the high school experience that I did.   We were not without our teenage angst, struggles and issues, but we did have a cohesiveness that I am not sure I understood or appreciated at the time.  

Going back, connecting with old friends, spending times with old classmates, revisiting fun times and sharing new, has been one of the very highest points of my year.    

At the reunion, anyone entering this festive event space would have noticed the energy and connectivity in the room.  The smiles were ear to ear, the hugs were warm and genuine, and the pictures being snapped, shared and posted were non-stop.  Conversation came easily and the interest we shared with one another was real.  

Aside from the planned, large, main gathering, there were also many improptu smaller gatherings that popped up all over the weekend.  

At one of these smaller, more intimate gatherings, while laughing with old friends like I haven’t in years, it struck me how well my old friends know me.  We have scattered to different parts of the country, gotten busy in our careers, have family responsibilities and chaotic lives to juggle, and yet, we are still connected.  We have lived through marriage, loss of loved ones, children, career bumps and changes, relocations and moves, and more,  and yet, we are still connected. 

I feel a theme coming!

It is with this that I lead you directly in to our final card of the year, the Three of Cups.   

Three of Cups is a card of community, friendship, harmonious relationships, optimism, celebration, socializing, festivities and accomplishment.

This card’s positive message is about the magic of shared feelings and emotions, of letting your emotions (and their limits) known.  It is about communicating and connecting with those who inhabit your inner world.

Cups are the suit of emotions, the subconscious, love and spirituality. 

Few cards in the tarot deck (3 to be exact) focus on a group dynamic.     In this card we see 3 women of equal importance dancing together, their arms reaching out in shared feeling and community.  This is a nurturing and bonding dance of support and love.  

The number 3 is associated with the supremely benefic planet of Jupiter which embodies qualities such as good fortune, abundance and positive spirit.  In this card it expresses an outpouring of joy within a close circle of friends.  

The Three of Cups is sociable, joyful, playful, affectionate and loyal.  

Actions involving the Three of Cups may be joining in, experiencing an emotional breakthrough, extending good will, or finding your ‘tribe’.  

When the Three of Cups is not working to its fullest potential there can be concerns of over-dependency on group acceptance, loss of connection with a close friend, isolation, feeling that you must conform to the groups way of thinking or tendency towards excess.

Interested in what the picture in the card means?  A short walk through the card and a funny but true nugget from my original tarot teacher shared here: 

 

Dina 3 of cups pic

Some questions that you might ask yourself through a 3 of Cups lens: What does it feel like to join with others?  Who is welcoming you with open arms?  What is friendship and community?    How can you grow the feeling of community in your life?   When did you last celebrate or share appreciation for a cherished friend? Where can I pick up one of those BIG golden goblets as a celebrate the seasons, friends and the new year to come? 

Life moves quickly.  

Keeping ties to those who know you, care about you and bring you joy is a gift you can give yourself no matter what time of year.  

Let your true self be known.  

Be joyful, playful and social.

Say yes to new experiences.  

Put yourself out there.

Help others.

Find joy and abundance in the connections in your life.   

In the spirit of the holidays, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday and all else that is good in the world, I wanted to extend an offer to YOU, my loyal and devoted readers.

Starting today, through Friday, December 8th, I am offering 50% off all Skype or phone readings.  Give it as a gift, or gift yourself!  30 minutes for $45!  60 minutes for $90! As long as it is purchased on or before Friday, December 8 2017, you can schedule this reading any time between date of purchase and April 1st, 2018.  Appointment times subject to availability.

Interested?  Email me at dina@dinaberrin.com.

‘Tis the season to stay connected!  

Until the next time . . .  

High PriestessHello November!

Each year, summer turns to fall, fall rolls into Halloween and then, BOOM, it’s the holidays!  It is often this time of year when I begin to hear the lament “where did this year go?” or “I can’t believe it is almost the holidays” or, another familiar admission, “I still have so many things I planned to do this year”.

Time does pass quickly.

This year, things have been a bit different.   Between our government and the media, we are constantly getting hit with a new news story just as we are trying to process a current news story which came before we could come to terms with the last news story.   It is a lot to take in.

While my head has been spinning, we were recently hit with a disturbing and deeply protected bomb of a story.   The theme is not new, but, the depth, acceptance and pervasiveness were quite eye opening.   The initial story revealed the reality about the mistreatment of women in the entertainment industry.  From this story came many more stories.  Stories of women not only working as actresses, but, of women who work period.

This month, it felt like my life stopped as I read about experiences and heard the truth of what my friends, colleagues, sisters and overall gender have had to endure.   And sadly, it seems that everyone has a story.   How long have these stories been hidden and unheard?  And, more importantly, what happens next?

This month has been deep and thoughtful.  Sitting with this, I pulled our card of the month, the High Priestess.

Silent and knowing, the High Priestess may very well be one of the most difficult cards in the tarot deck to translate.  Her power and ability are veiled in mystery.  She speaks directly to your inner voice, your subconscious mind.  She is receptive, intuitive, silent and contained.  She functions through an awesome inner knowing.

The High Priestess is the Goddess of fertility  and is seen as a healer whose intuitive powers work to create harmony and inner-balance.  She asks you to listen very carefully to your inner voice, not the voice in your head, before making any decision.  She shows up to teach awareness.

Observing rather than participating, the High Priestess can also represent platonic love, manipulation, a pause in the process of something that was moving forward, or even a standstill, causing doubt and confusion.

In tarot, the High Priestess is the ruler of all that is hidden and secret, and is known as “the silent knower”.   She is the essence behind the scenes.  She knows what is really going on.

The High Priestess has a ‘Mother’ energy, implying one who works with their intuition on the highest levels.  Has anyone ever experienced an all knowing mother?  Or been one?

She is passive, private, detached, observant, calm, discreet, intuitive and sometimes psychic.   Her actions involve listening from within and keeping a secret.

She does have a dark side which could be described as chronic passivity, fear of exposure and/or holding back when engagement is needed.  When unintegrated, she can be superficial, distrustful, ignoring hunches and repressive of memories.

There are so many symbols and meanings woven into this card, biblically, astrologically, elementally and symbolically.   I like to pick an image to give you some depth and more meaning.  What image were you drawn to in the card? Reply or comment.  If it is not one I have chosen to speak of, I will reply with the meaning and significance.

 

Dina Priestess Video Pic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uqr9WZ1-Hts

Some questions you can ask yourself this month in reflection:  Where have I intuitively chosen to say nothing? When has following my instinct on a hunch been dead on?  In what area of my life would I be well served to detach myself emotionally?  How might I learn to trust myself better?  What is really going on?  How did my mother know so much when I told/tell her so little?

The High Priestess is a metaphor for our lives, so much is mysterious and unknown.   If we are honest with ourselves, using our power of awareness and intuition, we will soon find the path to a solution.

Figuring things out for ourselves and being more self reliant can start the cycle for a healing experience.

The High Priestess asks you to maintain faith even through the hard times you may face on this journey.

As time continues to pass quickly, through the holidays and this busy time of year, be in the moment, find your perfect balance and then finish that list of things you planned to do this year.

I wish you success.

Planning a holiday party?  Tarot and the holidays go great together.   Reach out,  I am booking dates now.

Until the next time . . . .

Ace of Pentacles

Hello October!

We had the fall equinox last week, and in a flash, it is now fall.  Here in the northeast I am taking advantage of all of the wonderful things we associate with fall.   Who doesn’t love a good street fair?  I have eaten my fair share of grilled corn, pickles on a stick, and gourmet popcorn from that mystery truck that shows up everywhere.   Cinnamon popcorn is delicious!!   I went apple and pumpkin picking, on a bumpy hayride and made it through the corn maze.  I even bought a fancy pumpkin pie from the orchard store!  The final thing I need to do to make the kick off to this season complete is to find a new class or adventure to feed my inner student.  Even though I am no longer “in school” to earn a degree, the desire to learn and venture out into a new and unexplored direction still calls me.

Planting seeds, being curious, learning and growing are the first steps of exploring what is possible in whatever area we are looking to cultivate in our lives.  And, it brings me to our card of the month, the Ace of Pentacles.

The tarot deck, like most decks, has four aces.  Each ace holds the pure potential and energy of its ruling element.  I see each ace as a seed that needs sowing.  If you water it, expose it to the sun and talk to it, it will grow.  I mean, it will GROW.   Like a rocket.

Short visualization break.  Maybe you are familiar with this guy below?  His name is Jack.

 

Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk

And, we’re back.

The aces are boundless possibilities and unlimited energy waiting to be actualized.   Aces show potential, new beginnings and ideas.
Pentacles represent the element of earth which is about structure, form and the material aspects of life.  This may include work, property, business, trade, business, money and other material possessions. It is practicality, security, responsibility and trust.

Traditional meanings of the Ace of Pentacles are new investments, business ventures, a pay raise, a new job, an enterprising opportunity, improved finances, a solid and beneficial foundation, a promotion, the beginning of a new adventure or other practical matters.

It is true, the meaning of this card is promising.  Although, it is important to keep in mind that very little in life happens overnight and/or with little to no effort.  What we manifest and attract may come to us suddenly or unexpectedly, but, it is not random.

What do you see when you look at the beautiful garden pictured in the card?  Take a listen here:

The Ace of Pentacles can indicate that you will be able to make your dreams real. Your ideas are ready to be turned into something tangible. Figure out what will work and make it a reality.

Some questions to reflect on:  What’s in the plan for later this year?  Where do you feel secure and grounded?  What boundaries have you set for yourself?  Is there archway on your path?  How do (you envision) things look and feel on the other side of it?  What talent or hobby is calling your attention right now?  What is your potential?  Have you given some thought to the title and story of the Fairy Tale that will be written about YOU?

Be curious.  Stay grounded and practical.   Plant that seed.   And then, get out of the way.

Tarot makes everything more colorful, engaging and fun.  Planning a holiday party or celebratory event?  A night out (or in!) with friends?   Looking for some insight into a relationship or current work situation?  Reach out to book your time with me now.

Until the next time . . . .

 

Lord of Earthly PowerHello September!

I must admit I have mixed feelings about welcoming in the month of September.  If I had my way, I would order up another July and August from Mother Nature.   Summer days are freedom, warmth and light.  They are slow, easy and flexible.   Well, sometimes.

One of my favorite things to do in summer is to escape the urban jungle.  We drive out to the sticks of Pennsylvania to enjoy blue skies, lazy days at the lake and quiet nature trails to walk or bike on. Dinner is whatever we toss on the grill.  We often finish the night using the smaller branches we picked up during the day to roast marshmallows.

Flash back to earlier this month (August), when we hosted a weekend of guests.  To put it simply, I am not the most relaxed hostess.  I worry about weather before, during and after the guests arrive.  I make several trips to the store.  I tend to overstock, making sure we have enough food and drink – both in variety and quantity.  I make every bed and double check for extra pillows, blankets and towels. I clean the bathrooms and stock TP, sunblock, soap, etc.   And then, I start planning activities.  The only thing missing is my clipboard and whistle.

So, what happened with our guests?  The weather was ideal.  The biking, paddle boarding and beach time were super fun.  When it came time for dinner I was ready to be the grill master.  But, the grill would not turn on.  The gas line was clogged.  Then, it turned on, but the flame was barely visible. I started to sweat.   Trying to control everything, I realized, some things were just not in my control.  Luckily, I had great guests.  They jumped in and we figured it out.  And then, we all hopped in the car and went to the old fashioned ice cream shack down the road.  Moose Tracks, anyone?

Moose Tracks

So, that happened.

Let’s connect this story to our card of the month, the Four of Pentacles.

In tarot, fours represent stability, order, structure, and completion.     Pentacles signify the suit of earth, that which is tangible, reality, resources, money and practical skills.

The Four of Pentacles is ‘the builder’ who is all about solid foundations and hard work.  This card can indicate the realization of one’s goals and tends to focus on materialism and building wealth and security.

For me, when the Four of Pentacles shows up, I see someone who is trying to micro-manage or cling to a situation.  Being unable to let something or someone go, the figure is holding on to something whether it be money, a secret, control or a person.

As in life, sometime change is needed in order to see things from a new perspective.  When you step back from a situation you are often able to see the big picture.  Learning to do what you think is best for you and listening to you own advice can be eye opening.

This card highlights working hard to get the (financial) success that you desire. When the Four of Pentacles appears know that success is yours. You have built a solid financial structure which is strong and grounded for success.

Emotionally, the Four of Pentacles can describe someone who guards their heart.   Our ambitious, security seeking, goal oriented planner is not one to take risks. Not wanting to let anyone in emotionally, they fill the time and space with work, money, and influence which they believe will bring them stability.   They will not reveal their cards until you reveal yours.  And if you do confess your feelings, they may not share theirs anyway.

The Four of Pentacles is a Stage Card.  What this means and our four pentacles explained here:

‘Life is what happens while you are making other plans’ is a popular saying for good reason! I sure learned that lesson!  Giving yourself permission to release the reins and seeing where it takes you may be the best gift you can give yourself.  Better than adding another July and August, and maybe better than having ice cream for dinner.   Although, that was unexpectedly good too!

How is the Four of Pentacles showing up in your life?  Here are some questions to consider:   Are you listening to you own advice?  How are you trying to remain in control?  What does having stability mean to you?  How central of a role does money play in your life? Why?  Do you allow others to see the real qualities you like most in yourself?  In what way can you release control to allow more flow in your life?  Is it time to walk away from the whistle and clipboard?

Fun fact I forgot to mention:  Sometimes this card can just mean a hug.  As in, someone wants to hug you, needs a hug or maybe you want to hug someone.   With all that is happening in our world right now, how can this be wrong?  I say, go for it!

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Take control.  Find your success.  Make it happen.

Until the next time . . . . .

 

3 of wands imageHello August!

Have you ever been through cycles when certain topics seem to become a recurring theme?

Time is one of our most valued commodities.  Podcasts, Ted Talks, articles and books speak of time management, gaining control of your time, saving time, figuring out where your time goes and more.

Where and how we spend our time is reflected in our work, relationships, appearance and how we live.

Several months ago I did a fun/experimental exercise in a book I had been reading.  The task was to write down, from start to finish, my perfect day.  Sounds simple enough, right?  Who would I see, where would I go, what would get done, etc?    I packed that day from start to finish.    Maybe I bent the rules a bit  . . . I am pretty sure that I logged at least 28 hours.

In the next step, I was asked to compare my current actual day to this fictitious ideal day.

Given a moment to step back as an observer, it made me ask myself:  Where is my time being spent? Am I focusing on the things that really matter to me?

These questions bring us to our card of the month, the Three of Wands.

Wands are the element of fire and represents initiative, ambition, drive and desire.

Three’s represent manifestation, growth and (things and situations that are) unfolding.

The Three of Wands is the image of the entrepreneurial spirit, and a card of vision and foresight.   All things seem new and possible.    You have put in a lot of hard work and you are now waiting to see the results.

I know that restless feeling of just wanting to know how things will go, where the outcome will take you, eager and ready to move along.   Who wants to hear the word wait?  Not me.  But, here I am, pressing pause.

The Three of Wands is about what happens during the wait period.  No thumb twiddling, social media scrolling or time wasting here!  Now is the time to see what was missed in the flurry leading up to this point.   What extra information can be gathered?  Where should you be looking, watching and learning more?   In this waiting period where all you have is time, your task is to find clarity and focus.  Along the way, if all goes as planned, you will also find patience.

This card can signify a turning point for you.   Success and good fortune await, along with a note of caution.    Be sure to keep your ego in check.   Pay attention to the small details and your day to day responsibilities.    When we walk with intention instead of eagerly running ahead we diminish the risk of tripping over our own two feet.

On the flip side, this card can indicate something of a “wandering eye syndrome” – whether in a relationship or personal situation.  If you have mixed emotions about someone or something, the message is to sort out what you are looking to achieve. Determine what others are expecting of you and what you expect of yourself.

The Three of Wands is the only card in the deck where the figure has his back completely turned to us.    Learn about this and also some other card symbolism here:

Some questions/ideas to think about this month: What/who have I turned my back on?  Am I intentionally ignoring something (and why)?  What do I need to be aware of right now?   What results are my past actions bringing back to me?    What have I gained from being patient?  What is sprouting/growing?  Should I start my own private garden?

Time is our most valuable asset.  You get to choose how to spend it.  Seek out a new adventure,  look for greater possibilities,  create your ideal day and then go out there an live it.

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Until the next time. . . .