Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Readings by SunChariot Newsletter
September 2013 Edition
Volume 5, Edition 9


Welcome back to the Readings by SunChariot newsletter!
The September edition of this newsletter seems to have a dual theme. It seems to be focusing on two different topics.
The first came into my life on Friday afternoon (August 23rd).  Here is the story of that and how it went. LOL
As I was stepping out of the subway station, I was stopped by a girl of about 12 years old. She told me she was working on a project for school and asked if I would help her. I was in a bit of a  hurry but I said yes. It is important to me to help the children when I can.
She then led me over to a table where there were 3 flowering plants and a bottle of liquid labelled "Butterfly Attractant". She said it was for her Science project at school and that she had invented this solution that if you spray it on things it can attract butterflies to land on them.  She asked me to try to spray it on one of the plants and see what happens. Which I did.  Nothing really happened.

Then she told me maybe if she sprayed it on my hand, a butterfly would then come and land on my hand. And she sprayed some on a Kleenex and then rubbed it on my hand. By that point, I was paying close attention trying to see how I could help her.

Then after she put some on my hand, I hear "ROAR!!!" behind me.

I turned and there were two large guys dressed as butterflies, one in blue and one in purple, with huge flapping wings and elephant like noses, flapping around and pretty well jumping up and down and grabbing my hand and "trying to land on it".

After my initial scream and my heart got back to normal pace, LOL, it was pretty funny. Then a woman came out and showed me where the camera was and well....I had been on a hidden camera show. At least I may be. They try it 30 times and keep the best 6. But hey, I may be on television in February. LOL

For me,  the point was that sometimes things are just NOT what they seem. Never in all the times that a child asked me to help with homework did it turn out quite like that. LOL
 This very same message also came up this month in the Asking about Life section. So it seems to be an important theme this month, to not assume what things are what they seem, that someone feels what we think they do, is acting from whatever motivation we think they are.... This month the message seems to be not to assume, but to stop and verify. You never know when things may not be just what they seem unless you ask.
Second theme that came up here this month, is about being good and kind to ourselves, patient with ourselves and treating ourselves as good dear friends. I am getting that message a lot this month too, so it seems to be something important that we can all do to feel better in this month of September. So do be good to yourself this month.

Let's do it, let's make this a month to look back on and smile.  


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Quote of the Month

You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere.  You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection

-- Buddha
September 2013 Contest

Feels to me like time  to do another Angel reading. If you'd like from me, feel free to participate in this contest and the winner may well be you.

To enter the contest, just click here.

In the Comments section, just write "September 2013 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 September 21, 2013  and will be announced in the October 2013 edition of this newsletter.


Last month's Winner 

The winner of last month's contest was Linda C. from the USA. The prize from that contest was a 3 card Oracle reading.

By the way, Linda won this month in such a spectacular way that I just had to stop and tell you about it. Pretty spectacular on both our sides actually. This has never happened to me before in almost 5 years of writing this newsletter, but to me it's the kind of story that just illustrates the magic that is life.

How I pick the contest winner is that I keep each note from the contest participants in a folder called "Current Newsletter Contest". I generally pick the contest winner's by assigning a number to each contest participants and asking the cards who most needs and would most benefit from the reading that month. That has always felt like the most fair way to me. To let the cards decide who most needs the reading and for the one who most needs it to get it.

So Sunday, when I went to pick the contest winner this time, I opened my Current Newsletter Contest folder to get ready to choose the winner. was empty. I knew that I had had participants of course, so something was wrong. Suddenly the folder was empty.

I then went to my ALL MAIL folder which contains copies of all the e-mails I had gotten all month. There I found copies of all the participant's e-mails. And I took them, one by one, and moved each individually back to the Current Newsletter Contest folder. After that was done, I opened the folder once again to try to choose the contest winner. And ONLY Linda was there. After I had added in a whole lost more people in as well.

I still could not figure out what was wrong. So I went BACK to my ALL MAIL folder and did it all again. I removed Linda and moved each of the participant's e-mails again to my contest folder. Just to be sure, I did it in reverse order. The first time I went from the top down. the second time from the bottom up.

Then I went BACK into the Current Newsletter Contest folder to once again try to pick the winner. AGAIN only Linda's e-mail was there. By the second time, I did not ask myself what I had done wrong. I took it as a clear sign that Linda was meant to win, and the Universe was trying to tell me that.

I then wrote to notify her that she had won., Then one more time I looked in my Current Newsletter Contest folder and magically once again it was full and everyone was back. That to me, was the confirmation. :-)

When I wrote Linda, I told her HOW she had one this time, as this was pretty spectacular to me and had never happened before. If that wasn't enough, Linda then told me that that very same Sunday that she had won the contest with me, she had seen a blackboard on the sidewalk saying "Tarot card readings today". The exact day that she won the reading from me.

 So I just thought that was so amazing, I had to share. :-) 
Tarot Demystified

Different Uses for Tarot

When most people who have no firsthand experience think of Tarot, they seem to think that all it can do is predict the future. When you know nothing about something, all you know is what you see in the media.  And  the media has been notorious at portraying it in a negative light and not as the beautiful, amazing thing that it is. Usually in movies it tends to be portrayed  in a negative way, The reader pulls a card and Yikes, it's the Death card, eerie music plays and don't you know someone promptly dies on cue shortly afterwards.

It's no wonder that Tarot sometimes has such a bad reputation, as it is so often portrayed so negatively. And why I run into so many people too utterly scared to have a reading. People who think that if they do the cards will predict something awful that they will then somehow be unable to avoid.  And that is my main purpose in writing this column every month to try to dispel some of this and show the true beauty that is Tarot.

There are a number of untrue things here:

  1. The Death card does NOT actually mean actual death in Tarot. This may come as  a surprise to many but it is nevertheless the truth. In fact, there really ARE no negative cards, Tarot cards are designed to help us, to encourage us, to guide us, to help us live our best lives. The actual meaning of the Death card is pretty positive in reality. It is a useful card and shows a useful process in your life. The Death card, for me, would be talking about a situation like you unexpectedly lose your job. And as you start looking you suddenly first a new one with twice as much pay, that you love three times as much. All the card really means is an ending that needs to take place to clear the field for something better that is coming. It means something better for you is coming, but first you have to lose something to be open to it. But it's always a good thing as what is coming is better and had you not let go of where you were you could not arrive at the place to receive it,.
  2. When you do use the cards to predict the future, and that IS one of their many potential uses, the future that they do predict can be changed. Pretty well nothing the cards predict is unavoidable. If something in a reading shows you in a place in the future where you do not want to be, you can always (at any time) change paths and move towards a different future. The cards do not force anything to happen in the future. They do not set the future into one set path.  The cards ONLY show one potential future among many, the one you are currently moving towards at the time the reading was done. The future is very flexible, We can always change paths at any time we choose, to head towards any future we want. In fact Tarot cards are an excellent tool to help us literally change the future--one of my very favourite uses for them.
  3. Tarot cards have many many other uses than to just predict the future. They have many uses both for the reader and for the querent (person whom the reading is being done for). The cards are almost limitless in what they can do.
Basically what a deck of Tarot cards is is a system that  answer any question you can think of. Pretty well any question you can think up or imagine. If knowledge is power, the  cards can give you that power to create and live the life you want. Really its uses are infinite, limited only by the imagination.  It is ultimately a freeing tool as it can show you how to reach for the sky and to be or create anything you want to.

Tarot can do so so much more than talk about the future. It can certainly talk about the past and the present as well. Readings on the past can be quite healing. If you are having trouble understanding something or letting something go, the cards can give you what you need to do that. Readings on the present are also very helpful and answer anything you need to know, from why you are unconsciously sabotaging your diet and how to stop doing it, to how you to gain the most pleasure in the moment...and anything in between. Readings can and should be healing, enlightening, or empowering.

My personal favourite kinds of questions to ask the cards, when I read for myself. are the questions on the meaning of life. The questions like: "Which life path can I choose to follow would bring me the most joy and fulfillment?",.  "What is the nature of my connection to the world around me?", "How does destiny work?"....personally I love asking those.

Besides all this, Tarot cards have many other uses than just doing readings.  They can in fact not only predict the future you are heading towards now, but they can also be used to literally create the future you want. A much more helpful way of using them, in my eyes. ( more about that in next month's Tarot Demystified)  But the cards CAN very much tell you not only what you can accomplish, but how to accomplish it and how to be the best you can be and reach new heights. How many tools in life can do that?
Besides all the potential benefits to the querents, and there ARE many of those. Tarot is a very useful tool for the reader as well. The act of learning to read Tarot cards teaches us a lot about life and how it works that it would be hard to learn any other way. Eg about the nature of how the future works, as readers we see it in action all the time.
Tarot is also an excellent tool, one of the best I know of, it develop and improve our intuition. Intuition is a normal part of every one of us. But in most it is underdeveloped as it is not currently as valued by society as it used to be at different points in the past.  They say, and I believe it to be true from my personal experience, that intuition is like a muscle. It grows and strengthens the more you use it. Tarot is a tool that lets you exercise it and the more you read the cards the more it develops. And that spreads into all areas of your life and creates beauty in that way.
Contrary to popular belief,. you do NOT have to be psychic to be a good Tarot reader. You do not have to be born that way, with some kind of psychic gift. That is another popular Tarot misconception. But yes, working with Tarot will develop that intuitive side of you more and more. It grows with use and becomes more and more dependable and useful to you in your everyday life. All the same, reading the cards is a skill that anyone can learn, and in my opinion . one that would bring benefits to anyone who puts in the work to learn it.
Tarot cards can also be used to learn to understand yourself and your path better. There are a number of methods for that. Also,  there are many kinds of meditations a reader can work with to help open things up inside. (More about Tarot meditations also in next month's newsletter).
So really the uses for Tarot are only limited by the imagination. It's a tool that CAN answer anything you ask. And that knowledge is power. There are no negative Tarot cards and no even the meaning of the Death card is not about actual death. And the future,. as shown by the cards is not set it stone, The cards do not cause anything to happen, and you can choose to change the future as it is shown in the cards if you like. In fact the cards are the best tool I know of to change the future. And Tarot can and should be a tool to free you to find your highest joy and to be the best you you can be.
All that being said,. and after having talked about how the media can tend to portray Tarot in a negative/scary and inaccurate light, I have recently read two novels that mention Tarot and do not paint it in a negative light.
if you happen to be a Tarot reader, these may interest you, so I will add them in for you here (they are of course available on Kindle too, which is where I read them).
  1. This one was recommended to me by a fellow Tarot reader on a Tarot bulletin board I use often. Even the book's name is Tarot-related, it's called: The Five of Cups, by Wendy Mewes. In it the main character does readings and the sky does not fall in and things are tine. :-)
  2.  This one I adore! It's Book 1 of 3. Very fairytale-like. Full of magic. It's I guess what you would call a supernatural romance novel, a genre which I am finding I tend to enjoy lately.  in it the beings in the card images are faeries who were imprisoned within the images. By the end of the book the heroine frees them and they come back to life to live their normal lives. By book 2, you start to get to know them as the unique individuals they are. Something about the idea of getting to know the characters of my Tarot deck and having them come to life so that I can talk with them in reality, ....just attracts me to that book. Well written too, I tend to love that author's work, personally. And that book is called: The Magic Knot, by Helen Scott Taylor. If you ever read it. Oh by the way, Parts 2 and 3, in that order are called: The Phoenix Charm and The Ruby Kiss. (the last one I found quite funny in parts)

Coming next month: Setting and working on your goals, using Tarot

Asking about Life

This month's newsletter seemed to me so much to be about how to look after ourselves well, so I thought this month I would ask for you: "What are some of the best ways we can be kind to ourselves and treat ourselves well?"  It felt like an important topic to me as so often we rush around and don't think much about it.

I felt called to use The Four Agreements Deck in this reading for you, by Don Miguel Ruiz. It just felt like the best fit here. It is an Oracle deck. not a Tarot and yet still  has wisdom to it, as most decks do. I was happy to pull it out again. It's a deck I am quite fond of but have not used in ages. I am very fond of the work of Don Miguel Ruiz altogether, both his decks and his books. So it was a pleasure for me to use this deck again for you here. As you can see it's quite direct, yet useful and informative. :-)
So again I asked: "What are some of the best ways we can be kind to ourselves and treat ourselves well?" . And here are the cards that came up and what they had to say:

Card 1
This first card is really all about balance. And really that can be a very important topic. This card asks what does the idea of doing your best mean to you? How would you go about doing your best in what you face in your life?
The message of this card is that at times, it's not about how hard you try but how intelligently you try. When facing something important, this card says that it's important to know how to pace yourself. We can't work non-stop on something and expect to excel at it and succeed. Without the proper rest and time to laugh and be ourselves in better we can get too frazzled to be our true selves, too frazzled to remember what we learnt clearly. And that does not help anyone. (seen in the woman's frazzled hair here.
The birds in her hair say that sometimes we have some "cuckoo" ideas on how to do our best. To do our best we need to do in the spirit of enjoying what we do and of fun (didn't we all do best in the subjects we enjoyed most in school?)
This card says that yes it is important in life to have goals and to work towards them. But not to overdo and overtire ourselves doing so.  That is not doing our best, and in fact it prevents us from doing our best. It's about working wisely, over working hard.  This card says that if we try to do too much too fast and overtire ourselves it can and will actually take us longer to accomplish our goals.  And that, in fact, doing our best means knowing how to listen and follow our inner selves. Eg stop and eat when hungry, stop and take a rest when needed to replenish and laugh, sleep when tired...
Card 2

And here is another card about how to do your best. :-)  And the advice of this card is to try to stay in the present moment. Naturally enough spending our time regretting things from the past or worrying about what may be in the future (when what we worry about most likely will not even ever come to pass) won't do much to help us do and be our best in the here and how.  The advice of this card for you for you is to try to just stay in the present moment and not give in to those things.
Try to focus mostly on the beauty of nature and of life all around you in the present moment. In the actual present moment, and not lost in worry or guilt, there is true beauty and things are calm and as they should be. The more we can make that the focus, the more that shines though.
This can lead to the beginning of a new way of seeing and understanding for you....the start of the formulation of a new dream.
 Card 3

This always feels like an important message to me whenever I see it.  It can at times, be very important not to make assumptions without stopping to verify if they are accurate. Not doing so can lead to all kinds of unnecessary misunderstandings in life and even arguments at times

So the advice for you here is that if you come across a situation that seems or feels familiar to you, where someone is acting or treating you similarly to how someone else once did in the past, don't just assume that their motives are the same. That they are JUST LIKE the other person and it is the same thing all over again.
Each person is an individual with different ideas, feelings, background and upbringing to anyone else in the world. Even if the situation FEELS so similar or even identical to one you have experiences before and even if they seem as identical as two peas in a pod, this card is advising you to not just assume that one person has the same ideas and motives as someone else from your past. The advice here it to NOT assume anything but stop and ask the person why and what the they are feeling. This way you can avoid misunderstandings and it may even really open your eyes and help you see the world and the past differently and in a new light.
And this also applies to explaining clearly what you think. This card is really all about good communication. It also asks you not to just assume that other people know what you mean or are feeling if you don't tell them directly. You may even be sure that they know, but unless you tell them directly and clearly, in reality they may not even have a clue.
So this card suggests working on not assuming, but instead talking things out.  Assume nothing.
Card 4

And the last card is about being impeccable with your word, naturally always a good idea. :-)

To me that means not saying things you don't mean and if you make a promise to do something, keeping it  The image of this card is about having/choosing the kinds of thoughts that are beautiful in nature and that grow in beauty.

This cards says the more trust and faith you have in life, that it is on your side, the more you can let go of what is holding you back and blossom into the best you you can be.  The most faith you have, naturally the less doubt you have. Doubts hold us back from trying.  If we hold ourselves back from trying, we can never really know WHAT we might have become or learnt and grown from.

So the advice for you here is the more faith you can "cultivate" in yout life, the better you will be treating yourself, the more you can let yourself experience and the greater heights and joys you reach.

Go for it, your life is yours for the taking.  First grow your sense of faith and then follow it higher and higher. 

September 2013 Friendship Reading

I used one of my very favourite decks this month for you here.  And that is The Haindl Tarot, by Hermann Haindl.  I may have said it here before, but I will always adore this deck for being my first deck I ever used. It was the deck I learn to read Tarot on, and the only one I used for the first 6 to 8 months or so  of being a reader. And it will always be very special to me for that. Also it is somewhat unique in that it is quite complete, including I-Ching symbols, Runes, and Hebrew letters to add additional meaning. And contains some of the beautiful mythology of 4 separate cultures.

All that being said, this month I asked this deck what you most need to know this month of September to live your life in the way that will bring you the most personal fulfillment. And here are the cards that came up for you and what they said: 

Card 1: 4 of Cups (Yearning)

This card is about how to "complete" the feelings inside you that will lead to your feeling the greatest sense of personal fulfillment. How to work on successfully turning any feelings that are not making you feel that fulfillment into a place where you feel that inside.

When it comes to this particular deck, after the deck was printed the deck creator wanted to revise some of the keywords. The book I have for the deck gives the revised keywords as well. So whenever there is a discrepancy, I use the revised keywords instead. So in short, please ignore where it says "Mixed Happiness" as it should read "Yearning" instead.

That being said, this card is saying that this month, there will be a sense of yearning in you, a sense of longing for something (maybe more than one thing) that is not yet fully a part of your life. Or a sense of wishing certain things in your life were different.

Given the question I asked this month, quite possibly you feel that your feeling of fulfillment in your life hinges somewhat on that which you yearn for, that you would feel more fulfilled inside if you had that thing (or person or whatever it is). The image says that you may not feel sure which way things are going, whether things are up or if they are down.

The I-Ching symbol at the top of this card is called "Difficulty at the Beginning".  And what this is saying to me here is that at the beginning of this month a sense of yearning for something you do not yet have completely in your life may be interfering somewhat with your true sense of personal fulfillment in your life. But if you can stop and realize this, you can work to let it go and to find your happiness and beauty already there in the present moment and to love and accept all just as it is in each moment.

It's about living in the present moment and focusing on and seeing the beauty and goodness that is already there. Maybe your fulfillment lies not in getting that which don't have but in finding ways to feel satisfied, content and happy with where you are and with the things that you have in the here and now.

Card 2: Mother of Stones in the West (reversed) (Spider Woman)

The Mothers in this deck, are the equivalent of the Queens in other decks, as you can see. Stones in this deck are the same as Pentacles or Disks. So the most basic meaning for me for this card would be about talking about your goals with others, getting some good advice and help from those whose wisdom you admire with deciding what the best goals for you are. And even about getting help from others to work on and achieve your goals. This card is telling you that you don't have to do it all yourself this month. Others in your life have the ability and the desire to help you achieve your fondest wishes, Those whom you most trust and who most care about you want to help you, let them.

The image shows a maze, so part of your answer from this card is about finding your way through a bit of a maze or thoughts and feelings to arrive at what truly will lead to real personal fulfilment for you this month. This card says the topic of personal fulfilment can be a complex one. We can sometimes get a bit lost looking for it, or take some wrong turns. It may not always be found just where we think at first that it might.

This card is about "Spider Woman" a concept from the Hopi Indian tale of creation, and which appears in other cultures as well. The web itself and the strands of it, can symbolize all the things that you could potentially create/call into being this month, starting from the center point (where you are in the hear and now and working outwards).

But this card is asking you to stop and really think about which direction you want to take and who (if anyone) is creating stuck energy in your life.

Card 3: 7 of Wands (Courage)  

Wands can be about either creating something or about the passion inside you which guides you and inspires you on what to create. Both apply here. 7's. for me, are really encouraging cards. They should something stuck, a sort of difficultly, BUT the much much more importantly, the real meaning is that you can and will have arrive at that point and have that.  

So really, what this card is saying about the question I asked is that this month when it comes to how to live your life in the way that will bring you the most personal fulfilment, the trick is to work on finding that passion for what you really want inside. And then to work on creating that which you feel passionately will bring you that sense of satisfaction inside.

This card tells you to have the courage to not give up. To keep on working to figure it all out and then to create it. And the effort will be more than rewarded in the long term. This card tells you that if you keep at it, you will find your personal fulfillment in a big way.

It's about finding what you need from inside you. Not what others tell you you need. But about slowing down and really listening to you true needs and desires. To focus on that core that is from the real you and to let the rest evaporate away.

A hint is that what makes you feel warmth inside and to feel a sense of warmth in all that is around you is a good direction.

Card 4: The Empress (reversed)

This is the most important card of the reading. It is a card from the Major Arcana (and the Majors always talk about important life lessons that life is working to teach us). This card also came up reversed (upside down), and a reversal on a Major Arcana card, for me, emphasizes the card's meaning and makes it even more important.

The Empress is a truly beautiful card. It's all about caring, sharing, openness, empathy, oneness, connection. Really all that is most beautiful in life and that leads to beauty in relationships. The question I asked for you in this reading was about how you can live your life this month in the way that will bring you the most personal fulfillment.

So really that is the gist of the answer: to be very open and generous and sharing and trusting with others. To put out that energy and see what kind of energy your life sends back your way in response. Do it as much as you can. Just as an experiment for this month. And this card says that if you do, you'll learn some valuable life lessons in the process. The Hebrew letter in this card (top left hand corner) means "Door", so doing this will open new doors to you. The Rune on this card (top right hand corner) means "Thorn" and is a Rune about the cycles of life, the return on our really this all says the same thing.:-)

The image says that following the advice on this card can help you grow inside, to a place of greater personal control. You can "float" on beautiful romantic ideas of the best life can be, past any more difficult emotions and get past them in that way.  Focusing on others this month and how you can treat them well, will let you see the light in some way. And teach you something very useful that will help strengthen you.

Card 5: flipped Father of Stones in the West (Old Man)

This last card is an important one too.  It was a flipped card, flipped out of the deck during shuffling. When a card comes up as a flipped card, it says that there is something complex in it's meaning that it might benefit you to stop and think about . You may only see it fully after rereading the message a few times.

This is another Court card as was the Mother of Stones. This card is the Father of Stones (Father's are the equivalent of Kings in a more traditional deck. Stones are about our goals and what we need to do to achieve them

The Fathers, for me, are about inner control, self-control, inner strength....They are individuals and work alone to achieve their goals. It's all about the inner challenges and inner growth that comes form the learning on your own.

This card does have a strong connection to the Mother of Stones.  They form a pair in this reading, both being from the same suit.  Just as a Father and Mother are generally married, there is a certain degree of intermarriage between the concepts here in this reading of between the Mother and Father of Stones. They are a couple

The question being about how to live your life in the way that will bring you the most personal fulfilment this month of September, The Mother says that you have many many paths you could potentially take, that could lead in many different directions. The choice is ultimately yours. You can get advice from others and talk about their lives and that will help, But really it's you who is the center of your own life and no one else can see things from the perspective that you can. You are the only one who can fulfill your self and your needs.

The Father says that it's all about self-knowledge and he suggests trying to follow paths that have made you feel good inside in the past and not following ones that did not. But he says that no matter what you do, you will learn valuable lessons.  There is much to be learnt on any path you choose.

This image shows the footprints of many different animals, suggesting you follow the path that feels most natural to you. This card says that you WILL be guided if you pay attention. If you believe that your life will send you signs and if you pay attention....then you will see them.  What may seem to be coincidences for you this month, may very well really instead be life working together with you to create what you want and need. And to teach you what you need to know to find that fulfillment that you seek.

One hint is that at least part of it can be found in focusing on and feeling your connection to the world around you and all that is in it and a part of it.

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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I wish you a beautiful beautiful month of September, one where your path is closely connected to nature.