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Tarot Card for the Week of 10-26-14

The tarot cards hold special meanings, warnings, characteristics and actions that may need to be taken in order to change your course in life. Keep in mind that some aspects are changeable and some are not. It is all up to you. With the Knight of Wands as the tarot card for the week of 10-26-14, this is the week to avoid making any impulsive snap decisions. Be sure you consider the consequences and look at all aspects surrounding decisions. Will this bring positive change to your life or will it cause you to move in the wrong direction? You will be in for an exciting adventure and a new infusion of creative energy, provided that the timing and focus is right.  Do be careful of starting up petty arguments with others this week. Do not let anger and impatience get in the way as these emotions will cause too much drama. At the end of the week, you decide if the Knight of Wands fell in the upright or reversed position for you.

 

UPRIGHT:
Knight of Wands card, Minor Arcana, signifies new ideas and the action of making them realized. The Knight has a lack of fear and simply charges forward without regard to the consequences. A new spark of energy has emerged. The time to put new ideas into action is here. You could be also embarking on a new path. It is time to start a new project and put your creativity to work. However, watch out for too much impulsiveness.
REVERSED:
It is possible that someone you think you know is not telling you the truth. Feelings of anger and impatience can get in your way, as you feel you are not getting immediate gratification for something. It also indicates the loss of control over situations and the powerlessness you feel. Be careful of being too pessimistic and judging yourself too harshly. You are not looking toward the future and you have chosen not to recognize potential consequences. You might be acting impulsively and not thinking of the consequences. However, with positive and thoughtful consideration, you will regain control of your life.

 

 

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Tarot Card for the Week of 10-19-14

The tarot cards hold special meanings, warnings, characteristics and actions that may need to be taken in order to change your course in life. Keep in mind that some aspects are changeable and some are not. It is all up to you. With the Seven of Wands as the tarot card for the week of 10-19-14, this might be the week that you will be faced with some type of test. It may be a test of will power, an examination or even an employment interview. Put all fears aside, you will be successful in your challenges. You may need to muster all of your courage and fearlessness to combat challenges or individuals who may be holding you back — use your inner determination as the source of your strength. This may also be the week of unexpected gains. But if you find yourself in an embarrassing moment this week, take the time to laugh at yourself. It can relieve some pressure and you will rid yourself of any unwarranted feelings of failure. Any shortcomings that you believe are hindrances to your progress may in fact be the key to making the best decisions. You must not always shoulder the blame for circumstances beyond your control.

 

 

UPRIGHT:
The Seven of Wands card, Minor Arcana, is a card of valor. You are trying to prove yourself to people who don’t really matter. Your energies will get you closer to your dreams, but you need to stay focused. At this point you may feel that you are on your own. You may be wondering what has happened to those who have helped you before. Don’t get caught up in this. What you are feeling now is soon to change. Keep an eye out for your competition. This may be tiresome, however draw from your inner strength and you will be victorious.
REVERSED:
You are the one holding yourself back. Insecurity could be your worst enemy. Listen to people who encourage you. This is not the time to doubt your strengths. Don’t minimize your talents or strengths — they brought you to this point. There are those waiting to catch you off guard. Your fear of failure is unfounded.

 

 

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Boo! It’s the Season of the Ouija Board

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 The Ouija board, also known as the talking board or spirit/fire keyboard, is usually used during séances to communicate with the spirit world. The board is flat and imprinted with the letters of the alphabet and the numbers 0 – 9 in the center, the words ‘yes’ and ‘no’ in the upper corners and ‘goodbye’ on the bottom. Other symbols may appear, depending on the board. A small heart-shaped piece of wood called a planchette is used to navigate the board when spelling out spirit messages during the séance. The participants place their fingertips lightly on the planchette and the energies of the spirit direct it to areas of the board to spell out a name, give a combination of numbers, or just say goodbye. Though the board is thought of as just a parlor game, there are those who believe it has the power to foretell future events, discover hidden knowledge or contact the spirit world.

 

To understand the impact that the Ouija board has had on our culture, it is important to note the popularity of the Spiritualist movement during the mid-1800s. This was an era in which it was commonplace for individuals to want to make contact with loved ones who had passed. Spiritualists believe that spirits of the dead can communicate and have the desire to communicate with the living.

 

In 1848, the Fox sisters of Hydesville, NY, achieved notoriety by claiming that spirits communicated with them by rapping and tapping on walls. Also, seances were widely held during this time, and a technique called table tipping, or table turning, was commonly practiced to communicate with and ask questions of deceased loved ones. A small group of people sat at a table and posed questions to the spirits. The spirits responded by tapping out answers on the table, for example, one tap for “yes,” or two for “no,” which served as evidence that the spirit was present. Sometimes when spirits were believed to be in the room, the table would mysteriously move and shake through no effort of those physically present around the table.

 

Also during the mid-1800s, Spiritualist groups were using what they called talking boards to contact the spirit world, in addition to the table tipping technique. An early talking board consisted of two wheels and a pencil attached to a small heart-shaped piece of wood (a planchette). This method took too long and the messages from the spirits were difficult to decipher. Other talking boards had letters, numbers and a message indicator or pointer. A group of people would lightly touch the message indicator while asking the spirit a question. The message indicator would glide over the letters to spell out answers guided by the spirit. These were basically the first Ouija boards, although not yet named as such.

 

The Ouija board was commercially introduced and given its name in the year 1891. Charles Kennard of Baltimore, MD, and several other businessmen founded the Kennard Novelty Company to capitalize on the idea of the talking board and mass market it to the general public. It proved to be a lucrative and successful venture, even to this day. The Ouija board initially sold for $1.50. According to some sources, the name Ouija is a combination of the French “oui’ and the German ‘ja.” A prominent researcher of the Ouija board, Robert Murch, found that the name came from a relative of one of the founders, and she was herself a medium. The story goes that the name “Ouija” appeared to her during a talking board session or that she was wearing a locket with a picture of a woman whose name was very close to the spelling of Ouija. In 1892, Kennard departed from the company and William Fuld took over. It is Fuld who is often credited as the father of the Ouija Board, even though he never claimed to have invented it. But his marketing efforts never dispelled that rumor.

 

Another interesting story about the Ouija board is how it came to be patented. In order to obtain a patent, a demonstration was required to prove that it actually worked. The patent officer went into shock when the Ouija board spelled out his name, which was supposedly unbeknownst to anyone present in the room.

 

The Ouija board is still sold in record numbers today and continues to be mysterious in its origins, uses and powers (either good or evil). Is it really a connection to the spirit world, an entertaining parlor game or an example of a steadfast urban legend?

 

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Tarot Card for the Week of 10-12-14

The tarot cards hold special meanings, warnings, characteristics and actions that may need to be taken in order to change your course in life. Keep in mind that some aspects are changeable and some are not. It is all up to you. With the Ten of Pentacles as the tarot card for the week of 10-12-14, prosperity, material gains and family support are all at their height this week. However, be aware that there may be a family member who is not supportive and can drag you down. This may be someone who does not understand the importance of give and take. If you have been hiding a particular talent or strength, it is now time to expose it, which will lead to financial gain and recognition. Patience may be required to reap the benefits. As the real estate market has been turning around, this might be the week to put an offer on a property you’ve had your eye on. If you do experience a setback this week, don’t worry, as it will not last long. If you have a pet, this might be the week to make that long overdue vet appointment.

UPRIGHT:
Ten of Pentacles, Minor Arcana, is never a negative card in this position. Prosperity and material and financial security is indicated. It can also mean that there is a family relationship with money, such as a thriving family business, trust fund or a loan made to a family member. This is a time you should look to your family for support — emotional, as well as financial. If you find another family member in need, you will be able to repay him/her for the help you received. Don’t discard tradition. Family ties and customs are extremely important. A possible partnership is on the horizon. Emotionally you are gratified. Selecting this card in a reading can signify a possible relationship with somebody of means.
On a spiritual level, you have learned that it is better to give than to receive. The card signifies spiritual growth. Due to your positive family support, if you have any emotional deficits or unresolved issues, the family will comfort you. You may also experience community or group recognition due to your social standing or your own abilities. There could be a health related problem with a pet — pay close attention, their loyalty deserves it. Nip it in the bud before it escalates.
REVERSED:
This card refers to family problems and pressure, usually involving money. Family arguments and disputes over money may be the result of the division of assets after the death of a family member. You may feel that there was tampering with the will. It is possible that family members could be becoming a financial burden. They may even be unappreciative of your efforts to assist them. Perhaps your family members or people claiming to have your best interests at heart, do not approve of the way you are handling your own finances and personal affairs. They may be manipulative and trying to control you, which is holding you back. You may want to get some good legal advice.
However, it could be that your current financial status is at risk and you are unaware. Financial worries may have taken over peace of mind. But do keep an eye on your money. Another aspect of this card can signify that there could be a robbery, either by someone you do or don’t know. Larceny rears its ugly face. Due to all the disharmony brought on because of the monetary struggles, it may be draining you of your energy. At times, you find it hard to motivate yourself.

 

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Tarot Card for the Week of 10-5-14

The tarot cards hold special meanings, warnings, characteristics and actions that may need to be taken in order to change your course in life. Keep in mind that some aspects are changeable and some are not. It is all up to you. With the Two of Wands, Minor Arcana, as the tarot card for the week of 10-5-14, this may be the week that you will attain your goals. You may find yourself at a fork in the road and a decision as to which way to go will need to be made. One path will lead you to abundance and the other to self-doubt. This could be the week to regroup in both your personal and business affairs. Make sure you spell things out when giving explanations to avoid misunderstandings. The Two of Wands can symbolize freedom and independence as well as fear of failure and being overly dependent on others. At the end of the week, you decide if the card fell in the upright or reversed position for you.

 

UPRIGHT:
The Two of Wands, Minor Arcana, symbolizes that success and power are among your endeavors. A victorious mentor or leader is willing to help you achieve your goals. This also could be the start of a productive partnership. Business deals you have been working on may flow smoothly and you may reap greater financial benefits than anticipated.
REVERSED:
Lack of communication and discord may prevent a healthy partnership. You may suffer from feelings of emptiness or depression. You have an inability to find success due to your unfounded fear of failure. You are pulling back from potential ventures. Someone may not have your best interests at hand. Do not become delusional about other people’s intentions. Unexpected trouble may be around the corner. It is time to do some legwork.

 

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