Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Readings by SunChariot Newsletter
October 2012 Edition
Volume 4, Edition 10

Welcome back to the Readings by SunChariot newsletter!

This is going to me an interesting edition as I added in two extra things for you that I truly found a lot of fun. You will see additional sections in this edition. One called "Fun Things" and the other called "Useful Web Sites". These two may no appear in every edition, as I do come across any interesting web sites or fun things they will pop up here and again. I hope you enjoy them this month.:-)

So here we are in October, which has always been a fun time of year of me as my sister was born that month (on the 31st, on Halloween no less).  I have to say I have lots of good childhood memories of this month.  Of dressing up and of candy. And well I do love to eat, which is why I am starting a diet this month.  Wish me luck. :-)
This month just seems like a good time to get to work on my goals and making my life what I most want it to be.  I wish for you all your wishes and goals to come true as well. You will see info in this newsletter to help you with that.  I hope it is helpful to you and I wish you a lovely month of October,

(By the way, this newsletter is so long that it did not fit all on one page. LOL But I did not forget your Friendship Readings. The last two sections came out on the previous page. You can see them by clicking on the link to the right for them. OR by clicking on  the "older posts" link at the bottom of this page. The last section shows one of my vacation photos
 :-)  )



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Quote of the Month

Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling. 
--Margaret Lee Runbeck

(felt like something good to remember as this month's newsletter is so much about working on your goals, Doesn't mean we can't be happy while doing it. ) :-)
October 2012 Contest 

This month I had so much fun doing your Friendship Reading with my Tao Oracle that I am making that the prize for the month of October. I will be offering a free 3 card reading using this deck. It is particularly good for assessing changes in your life, but the winner can ask anything they want of course.

To enter the contest, click here.

In the Comments section, just write "October 2012 contest" along with the country you are in (feel free to just put the first initial of your last name if you want).

The drawing will take place on Saturday October 20, 2012 and will be announced in the November 2012 edition of this newsletter.
Last month’s winner

The winner of last month's contest, the September 2012 contest, was Rose Marie B, from the US. The prize was a Rune reading of 8 Runes.
Congratulations Rose Marie. We'll be speaking again soon to work out the details. Looking forward to working with you
All the best,


Tarot Demystified 

 The kinds of relationship questions that will work and the ones that won't

(photo courtesy of the very talented Ciro Marchetti, taken from the free downloads section of his site: 

.................I was there as I just cannot wait to get a copy of his Oracle of Visions!  More on that later, when i get my copy) :-)

I chose this topic this month for two reasons. First that a good number of readings I personally get asked to do ARE in fact relationship questions. And  next to address the issue that there are in fact certain types of questions that the cards just will not answer. 

I think it's natural enough that people ask so often about the relationships in their lives. Our relationships with others are such an important part of our lives, and often the part that carries the most emotion. 

But yes, there are certain types of questions the cards will not generally answer. Tarot (or any form of divination really) is a tool to improve things, to make life better, to make the world a better place. That means to improve things and to make life better for all the people involved in the issue. 

Some examples of questions the cards just will not answer are any questions  asking how to harm another human being. I have heard other readers tell me that someone asked them how to best seek revenge on someone.  However strongly that person feels they want revenge, you can count on the cards to refuse outright to answer that.  They will never tell us how to harm someone.

Another less obvious example is asking something like "What can I do now to make X love me?"  This one doesn't tend to sound as bad. And  I have gotten this question myself a few times. It's in the phrasing of the question, about trying to "make" someone do something. Other people have free will just as we do. We do not have the right to try to make them do anything they are no naturally inclined to do on their own. In the same sense as we would not like someone to make us love them, or force us to do so against our will.  So you can expect the cards not to answer that question, and they won't.

I believe it is fine to ask what you can do to help encourage X to love you. In that case you ought to get info on what X finds lovable, which ways of talking and being that he/ feels most drawn to. E,g. if X values openness, it might be a good idea to talk openly about your feelings. But in the end while we have the ability to adjust our own way of thinking and feeling and being, we do not have the right to try to force someone to change theirs.

 I lot of readers will not touch "3rd party readings", readings where the querent (person asking the question) is asking about someone else. Opinions vary on that, but to me it depends. It depends on the reason the querent is asking. If it is just out of curiosity or wanting to gossip about what they hear, then no. And the cards can be quite firm. When we are not meant to know something they just will not tell us.

I once did a reading for a friend asking something as simple as what her future with a man she cared deeply about was. I got cards telling me not to tell her and she was not meant to know.. This is rare, but it happened that one time. I had to tell her the cards did not want to tell her or for her to know. She then told me she had had readings from 4 other readers on that question so far and they have ALL told her the same thing. There are occasions when we are just not meant to know something. When we need to learn what we will learn from experiencing it firsthand.

But as far as third party readings go, my view is that as long ans the person is asking out of a true desire to create something good and helpful to all concerned, then it is fine. E,g. if a friend is feeling depressed and you ask how to understand where they are so you can help them heal, to me that is fine. Or if you are fighting with someone, and you ask about their feelings, and if the knowing will help you understand so you can resolve your issues, that's fine too. As you can presume the other person is not enjoying the fighting either and would prefer things resolved too.

And, naturally questions on if someone is cheating on someone are things you have to be extremely careful on, and that many readers would refuse to read on.

To me, the basic rule is that any question that will lead to an answer that will benefit all concerned is a good question the cards will want us to know the answer to. And any question where knowing the answer and/or acting on it will cause harm to yourself or to others, will likely not be answered.

And it seems to work best to focus on answers that will help you act in different ways, in ways that will improve things.

Some examples of some potentially useful questions along those lines would be:

  • Can you give me insight into ways to help fix -------------- between  X and I?
  • What steps can I take that will help improve our relationship?
  • What is happening when I try to talk to X and he does not seem to be listening?  (knowing the answer can help you adjust what you need to to improve you communication together and that leads to lots of benefits(
  • How can I encourage X to listen more at those times?
  • What would be the best way (or time) to bring up ---------- with X?
  • Please help me understand -------------- about X?
  • What role am I playing now in the way things are working out with X?
  • What can I do that will lead to the best relationship between X and I?
Those are just some examples, but there are many other potential questions that could work to improve a relationship,

Coming next month: Readings to help manifest prosperity

Useful Web Sites

I came across these two web sites recently and I just had to share with you here. I'm feeling pretty excited about them and am getting ready to try them out.
They are both sites on how to help you achieve your goals, and well....that's what we all want to do, isn't it? :-)

Here is a site to help you work on your goals and to keep you motivated.

And the second, here,  is a online dream board site. I have to say I have always been a big fan of positive visualization and although I have never yet actually tried to use a dream board, I have always been fascinated with the idea and have always wanted to try. So here is my chance and I am going to work with this site now.

 Hope you enjoy these two also, and that they mean something to you in your life. And from what I can see, both sites seem to be free.

Fun Things

I just had to show you these chairs for little girls that  I found in the pharmacy near my house after work one day.  I just found them so adorable I had to share. You just never know when you'll just be walking around minding your own business and then your life will send you something fun:-)

Asking About Life

I decided that I have been focusing too much on Tarot decks lately and not enough on Oracles decks for you here.  So I am using only Oracles for you this month.  These are the Earth Magic Cards, by Steven D. Farmer. It felt like such a good match for the question I chose this month. :-)

This month I asked for  you:

What is the nature of our connection to the world we live in?

The cards said:

Card 1--River: Movement

Isn't this a stunning image??? I just love this deck!

The first part of this answer as given by this deck, is something I found interesting. This card is saying that our connection to the world we live in is not a static thing. It changes and moves throughout our lives. There's an ebb and flow to it. While we are always part this world and of life, what this is saying to me is that sometimes we embrace that connection and feel it at its strongest level. And at other times, we don't seem to feel it as strongly, and at times almost to try to push it away. And anything in between.

Mountains, to me, tend to represent wisdom and knowledge. And the beautiful sunset is reminding me right now of the sunsets while I was on vacation. And that of course reminds me of relaxation. All that adds in that the world around us has a wisdom to it. There's a wisdom to the world. The same wisdom that knows how to make the seasons come at just the right time, that knows how to heal a forest after a fire, that controls all the unconscious parts of your body, and many other such things that are miracles but that we often take for granted. There is a natural wisdom to things and if we just relax into it that is when we are most connected.
This card says there is a natural movement and wisdom to life, to the world. It's a gentle movement and it will always lead us in our best direction if we let it. This card is saying that we do have a natural connection to the world around us. But when we try to block that flow or take our lives in a direction that is against it, it makes it harder to achieve our goals.  The expression "Go with the flow" really applies here. When we go with the natural flow of our lives, things run more smoothly and the natural wisdom that is this world will ensure that we get to the right place.

Card 2--Forest: Breath

Taken in the most literal sense, our connection to the world is a necessary one. The trees literally give us the oxygen we need to breathe. And they always have and we depend on them for that. The world/planet meets all our physical needs for survival: food, shelter,....And when our physical needs are met that gives us the space to not have to think of that and to follow our feelings and our spirits.
Leaving aside the physical aspects, the world and nature bring joy and light and wonder and love to our souls. Trees/forests encapture a depth of beauty that makes our spirits soar.  Our souls are so deeply touched by the  world's natural sights, sounds and odors because we are just that connected.

Spending time in nature is relaxing. It encourages us to slow down and let go of anything hectic. The sights and sounds are "naturally" relaxing. Thus all the nature sounds CDs for meditations and such. And there is definitely a lot we can learn by observing nature, things that can help us deal with all aspects of our lives.
Literally everything in our lives and all we see around us (our homes, our cell phones, our cars... and even our friends and family) are all of this world, from this world and a part of what it means to be in this world.

There is nothing that we know and love that is not of this world. That is how strong the connection is. It is all-encompassing.
Card 3--flipped Gaia: Nurturing

This card, and the next, are flipped cards. A flipped card for me is a card that drew attention to itself during the shuffling process. When a flipped card comes up it says that if you stop and think about its message a bit, you will see something there that you did not catch at first glance.
This card is an image of Mother Earth/Gaia lovingly looking after all in her domain, all that is there on the Planet Earth. The card is called Nurturing. So it is the image of her being caring, nurturing, and protective of all this is of this world and all that is nature: the plants, the animals, the mountains, and yes that includes us human beings as well. :-)

The image shows her lovingly, caringly and attentively doing just that. In that sense she is the personification of the world. And she is there looking after us constantly, providing for our physical and emotional and spiritual needs. And, when we are willing to listen, giving us guidance. So this is the message of this card. That our connection to the world is not one-sided. Not only are we connected to the world, but the world is connected to us.  There is the kind of connection that goes both ways.
This card is saying that part of the natural rhythm of the world is to look after us and meet our needs. And hopefully there are times when we can do something to look after it as well. :-)
Card 4-- flipped Ancestors: Generations


This is a really interesting card here. It is saying that our connection to the world lasts through all the generations of our lives (how could it not?) But it is saying even more than that, that is lasts longer than our individual lifetimes.
I don't generally like to touch on topics like reincarnation when doing group readings to be read by hundreds of people (as in this blog) as I know that is not part of everyone's belief systems. But it's possibly a hint at that.

If that is not part of your belief system, the card is also saying that our connection to the world can outlast our lifetime here on earth. When we lay our hands to creating something it can outlast us. Architects can build buildings that will outlast their lifetimes.  The effects we have on the environment can outlast us. Even the knowledge that we gain and pass on to future generations....
This card is, in fact, called Generations. And this part of the answer is about how we use our connection in ways that will be passed on to future generations. We are also connected to the world by what we create and by what we pass on to the others who come after us.
This card is about thinking about what has been passed on to you. When you think of it, a lot of our beliefs were passed on to us through many generations, starting with ancestors we never met. So this card is about what has been passed down to you through your ancestor's connection to you, And what you would like to pass down to future generations, with that connection that you know have, that lets you do so.


October 2012 Friendship Reading

Here is your Friendship Reading for the month of September 2012, to tell you what you need to know to make the most of this month in your life. :-)

I used the Tao Oracle for you here, by Ma Deva Padma. It's really a fascinating deck as it is part Oracle deck and part I-Ching. 3 Coins are used alongside the deck in readings. The deck is a deck that talks about changes. The cards tell you where you are now, where you are heading, and how to make the transition in the smoothest way.

Here is the advice of this deck for you, for this month of October:

Card 1: Work on What Has Been Spoiled

While "spoiled" is too harsh a word here, this card is suggesting that now is a good time to work on whatever you feel could benefit from some healing in your life, and to fix what needs fixing. This month is a good time to set to work on that. This is where you are now in this exact place in your life. it's a good time to start.

The woman is shown putting the past away and being nurturing and helping new healthy things to grow in her life. Whatever is past is past, but there is always room for some good. positive and healthy growth, if we make that our priority.

Next, is the advice on how to make this transition in the easiest and most effective way.

  • Part 1: Sometimes the way we view the world and act has just become habit and we don't think about it. The advice here is that if you feel this is the case, then you have been given a wonderful opportunity right now. This is telling you that any changes you make in these areas will truly benefit you in deep ways. 
  • Part 2: You are being asked if you have been avoiding something that could. benefit from being "fixed"  out of concern for the consequences of fear that you may get hurt. You are being told that any others involved have been doing their best and it was never their intention to cause pain. The advice is just to treat them respectfully and it will come back to you.
  • Part 3: But the first step is to admit to yourself what in your life needs healing. If you see something that does, you are being asked to commit to fixing that. Once you start the process you will relax more and more inside yourself which will start to improve things more and more.

The result of doing this work, if you choose to take it on, is  "The Family", a card which looks like this:

It's about our connection to all the other people in our lives, and our interconnection that to all human beings--to mankind. As the card says: We are all members of one human family.

This card says that there is a connection between us all. And so many similar themes running through all our lives.

So the essence of this card, and the last, is that if you work on correcting what feels like it needs it will will lead to a greater sense of oneness to the others in your life.  More closeness, warmth, and a deeper connection to those in your life.  It will lead you to a place where it is easier to focus on the similarities than the differences between you. Where you will see your oneness and feel it more deeply.

Card 2: flipped The Wanderer

This card, and the next, were flipped cards. A flipped card is a card that drew attention to itself during the shuffling process. When a flipped card comes up it tells you to pay attention as there is something the message that you may not notice at first glance.

This card is called "The Wanderer" and it is about going through a period of change. This says that in some area of your life this month you will be facing something quite new to you, that feels a bit unknown. In those situations we sometimes feel like we are wandering around, not sure of the path to or how to get to where we want to.

But it need not make you feel lost. You never are, in reality. There are always others you can talk to and ask. And things will absolutely work itself out as they should. The unknown is only unknown until we have enough time to get to know it. It's only a temporary thing.

It would feel helpful to just see it as an adventure. As if you were traveling and looking forward to seeing and experiencing all the sights and sounds...Just treat it as something exciting and with a sense of curiosity and wondering what interesting new thing is coming next.

Here is your advice on how to best deal with this in this period:
  • Part 1: Start by just focusing on your own feelings and finding your own path. Now is the time to focus on what you need to do to get to the best, calmest place and not to put the focus on what others need to do. It's about you, and maintaining the balance in your life.
  •  Part 2: You have created a lot in your life, even in this area. But there are still some inner things and feelings that need some tweaking. And that is at the root of things. The goal is to find what you have to do to feel at home and truly comfortable in the situation, so that you don't feel you need to be guarded, and so that you feel you can be open and at one with yourself and the world.
  • Part 3: Since we are talking about facing a somewhat new situation for you, the advice here is to not rush into things. Take some time to watch and learn. Learn from your situation itself and from others who have been through similar ones. What you learn will help you relax more first, so that you can ease into things when the time is right.

The card telling you the outcome of taking these steps is called "Contemplation" and it looks like this:

This card says something very similar to what was just mentioned above, so this is very important here.

It says that if you do all this you will get through that period of facing this new thing. You will come to understand it better.  Taking the needed time to reflect on will have helped you to integrate it into your life in a real what. It will become a part of you, a part of who and what you are, and a part of all that is your life.

Another part of process is to find the time to create inner calm. Not just to think things out, but to know when it is the time to stop the thinking and to slow down and relax into yourself and the situation. When we try to live situations to quickly, we skim over some things that are found deep down in them. So slowing down enough so you can see it all will be helpful.

Whatever helps you do that, go for it. And the process will get easier. The most you get to know and understand this new situation, the easier it will become to understand it more deeply and to feel totally at home with it and integrate it fully into your life.

Card 3: Progress

Well, this is a nice message here. The first thing you can say about the image is that it is clearly about balance and about creating balance in your life.

This card picks up where the last let off. It says that in facing the unknown, as talked about in the last card, you will come to see it clearly and come to know it deeply. Things will illuminate themselves for you as you go and things will then start to progress more and more quickly for you.

What was once unknown and unclear will become the known and clear. This card says that as long as you have been working on what you are working on in an enlightened way (meaning not ignoring other people or their needs, or taking them for granted) then things will start to advance and you will reach some steady gains. Things will progress in this area where you have wanted them too and in what you have been working on here. You will get some recognition for all the work you put it. But the advice of this card is to still try to keep you "ego" out of things and to think about what is best for all concerned.

The advice for you on how to help your situation(s) that you are working on (if you choose to work on them this month) progress in the best ways is:

  • Part 1: You are being told here that the best path would be to try to keep things in balance. Now is not the time to hold yourself and your energy back out of concern for the possible consequences. It is also a time to let anything else involved know if your feelings have been hurt. Progress can be a good thing, as is, as long as it is positively motivated and moving in your best direction. If something feels wrong, just stop and take yourself to some higher ground where you can see things more clearly. and stop and reassess. And adjust things as necessary.
  • Part 2: This says that when you are focused on what you want to accomplish, it will energize you. It says that if you give it your all, while staying relaxed and at peace inside and ready to accept whatever happens, you will gain some real satisfaction for knowing you did your best and for seeing positive results for your efforts. This is the best way to encourage good positive progress in your life.

If you do this and work on this, you will get to:

The Receptive

 This is a place where you can just relax into life and trust it to bring you what you need. You won't have to try so hard because things will be where you want them to be, you will be at ease and content with just how things are, and just at peace with your life. Just imagine taking a deep sigh of relief. The struggle's over, you are where you want to be. That is this card.

Whenever I see a naked chest in a card image, it always makes me think of "baring your chest" and "getting things off your chest". This says that you will arrive at a place where you can feel totally at ease with the others in your life. A place where you have let it all out, gotten it all off your chest (and the other person has too). You know how you are with them, you know who they are. They know who they are with you, they know who you are.  You've gotten it all out. Everyone involved knows where they stand and just a warm caring atmosphere of total calm and acceptance of all that is just as it is. And of exactly who everyone is.

This card is called "Receptivity" and it's about being open and receptive. It involves a certain balance. It's about being open and caring and nurturing with all involved, but also knowing when to stand up for the situation and yourself if that is ever needed. The card does not advise avoiding issues that come up. It does say to discuss them, but in a receptive way. And in a way that helps others to feel safe to be receptive back.

Well here we are again, coming to the end of this edition. Thank you for dropping by and letting me share with you. :-)

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Wishing you beauty and light in unexpected places this month,


(PS This was one of my vacation photos)