Edgar Casey Telepathy and Clairvoyance

cayce-1910The story of Edgar Cayce's life is filled with examples of what this extra sense of communication is like.

His ability to give readings in the sleep state could be labeled ESP because he somehow knew information that he had never studied, and he could see people and places and events without using his physical sight. While asleep, he could answer questions on any topic or he could give descriptions of the individual and his or her surroundings, even though Cayce was in Virginia Beach and the person receiving the reading might be in New York City.

Because there are so many different types of extrasensory communication, researchers have broken down the term ESP into further categories to help explain what is taking place.

Telepathy is the ability to obtain information psychically by reading the mind of another person. For example, while Cayce was in Kentucky, he gave this reading for a man in New York: He saw the man smoking a cigar, heard him whistling a particular song, saw him meet with another man about a piece of property, and saw him look over three letters. Finally, the sleeping Cayce heard the man telephone another gentleman and knew the gentleman's name. All of these events were later verified. Cayce was able to see with this extra sense everything the man in New York had experienced firsthand with his normal senses.

In our own lives, one example of telepathy is when we suddenly start thinking about someone we haven't heard from in a long time and a short while later the phone rings and that person is on the line. Another category of ESP is clairvoyance, the ability to "see" information that no one else has. For example, suppose you shuffled a deck of cards and placed them face down, then went through the deck and tried to name each card (or at least to tell its color). If your percentage of correct guesses was far beyond what would be expected by random chance, it would be an example of clairvoyance. You would not need to be 100 percent accurate to demonstrate clairvoyance, just statistically (and consistently) greater than random chance.

On the other hand, if you tried the same experiment but had a friend look at each card and concentrate on it before you guessed, this would be an example of telepathy. Looking at one instance from the Cayce readings, we find the case of a person who was in Ohio while Cayce was in Virginia Beach. During the reading, Cayce correctly gave the person's body temperature. Now, if the attending doctor in Ohio had known the patient's temperature before Cayce's reading was given, then this would be an example of telepathy, since Cayce could have read the doctor's mind. But if the doctor hadn't known the temperature until after Cayce's psychic reading, it would be an example of clairvoyance.

Edgar Cayce was an American mysticist who possessed the ability to answer questions on subjects as varied as healing, reincarnation, wars, Atlantis and future events, all while in a trance. These answers came while Cayce was hypnotized, thus earning him the nickname "The Sleeping Prophet". He is credited as being the father of holistic medicine and the most documented psychic of the 20th century. Cayce founded the Association for Research and Enlightenment. Though Cayce himself lived before the emergence of the New Age Movement, some consider him the true founder and a principal source of its most characteristic beliefs.

Used by permission‚ Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA; EdgarCayce.org.

Edgar Casey Precognition

esp-cayceThe third category of ESP is precognition, the ability to view events before they happen. Many of us have had the experience called deja vu; for example: you might be having a conversation with a friend and, all at once, be absolutely positive that you've had the exact conversation before. You may even know what your friend is going to say next.

The Cayce readings suggest that one explanation for this phenomenon is that our dreams often foreshadow future events. Such precognitive dreams may be forgotten and only dimly felt at those times as deja vu experiences. There are countless examples of precognition in the files of the Cayce material. In many readings for children, Cayce foresaw what they would be like as adults, even going so far as to describe hidden talents and occupational decisions.

There are also other examples of this precognitive ability. When completing a reading for one woman in New York, Cayce suddenly started giving a reading for a woman in Missouri, although no one had solicited it. Her request for help, dated the day after he had volunteered the information, did not arrive until after his response had already been mailed. Cayce also predicted the stock market crash more than six months before it occurred and foresaw the outbreak of World War II. He knew that he would die before his two sons returned home from overseas.

Although some have called Cayce a "prophet," he himself made no such claims. In fact, in one reading, he described himself as a "lowly, weak, unworthy channel". He rarely made any predictions about worldwide events, mostly because these kinds of predictions are subject to countless outside influences. For example, when psychics try to predict the future, all they can actually do is foretell a possible future based on current happenings. If events continue to occur the same course-if people's attitudes, lifestyles, and world conditions remain the same-then psychics can "see" what the result will be. However, the readings make it quite clear that each of us has the gift of free will. If enough people use their free will and change what they are currently doing, this in turn will have dramatic effects on the future.

In the Bible, Jonah went to the evil city of Nineveh to tell the people about the destruction that was about to come upon them. However, the people of the city repented of their evil ways. With their free will, they changed their lives and, as a result, their city was saved. The ability of precognition, then, is subject to many more influences than either telepathy or clairvoyance.

Edgar Cayce was an American mysticist who possessed the ability to answer questions on subjects as varied as healing, reincarnation, wars, Atlantis and future events, all while in a trance. These answers came while Cayce was hypnotized, thus earning him the nickname "The Sleeping Prophet". He is credited as being the father of holistic medicine and the most documented psychic of the 20th century. Cayce founded the Association for Research and Enlightenment. Though Cayce himself lived before the emergence of the New Age Movement, some consider him the true founder and a principal source of its most characteristic beliefs.

Used by permission‚ Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA; EdgarCayce.org.

Edgar Casey Retrocognition

retro-cognition-cayceThe fourth major category of ESP shown in the Cayce readings is retrocognition, the ability to see past events.

For example, in the life readings (those readings which dealt with the soul) Cayce would often repeat aloud significant happenings in a person's life while going back over the years until the date of the person's birth. In one reading, he said, "1935-'32-disturbing periods-'31-'36-'26-not any too peaceful!" etc. In another life reading , Cayce was given the incorrect date and location of birth for a young girl. In going back over the years he responded with, "We don't find it here". (He had been incorrectly told that the child was born on January 24, 1919 in Cleveland, Ohio). Then, after a short pause, he finally said, "Yes, we have the record here (looks like it's the wrong place and date)." It was later discovered that the girl had been born on January 23 (a day earlier) in New York City and not in Cleveland.

Past Present Future

More than eleven years before the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947, Cayce's readings described a sect of Judaism about which scholars knew little. This group was the Essenes. Cayce gave a great deal of information about their work and their life in the community. For example, he claimed that in the Essene society men and women worked and lived together. At the time of the reading, scholars believed that the Essenes were a monastic society composed exclusively of men. However, in 1951, more than six years after Cayce's death, archaeologists made further excavations at Qumran near the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. They discovered evidence that both men and women lived together in the Essene society. These are just a few of the many examples of ESP in the Cayce readings.

Because "psychic is of the soul," the Cayce information suggests that it is relatively easy to induce personal psychic experiences. However, the phenomenon that manifests itself through psychic channels can oftentimes get us off the track. The readings suggest that instead of seeking psychic experiences for the sake of having them, we should seek only those within the context of spiritual growth, of learning about ourselves, or of being of service to others.

People often have the tendency to make psychic experiences seem unusual, out of the ordinary, special, somehow set apart, or perhaps even frightening. However in the Cayce approach, psychic information is as natural as an "intuition" or a "hunch." In addition, just because something is "psychic" does not mean it's 100 percent accurate. We may wish to work with psychic information to the same degree that we would listen to the advice of a trusted friend: it can be utilized as an additional tool for gathering insights and for making decisions - it shouldn't necessarily be given any more credence than information from any of our other friends (or senses); however, it shouldn't be given any less either.

In time, individuals may work with their own intuition in such a way that it becomes as natural as using any of their other senses: taste, smell, touch, hearing, or sight. Related Books: Edgar Cayce on Religion, Spirituality, and Psychic Experience by Harmon Bro, PhD, Psychic Sense an Edgar Cayce Series Book, Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records by Kevin J. Todeschi

Edgar Cayce was an American mysticist who possessed the ability to answer questions on subjects as varied as healing, reincarnation, wars, Atlantis and future events, all while in a trance. These answers came while Cayce was hypnotized, thus earning him the nickname "The Sleeping Prophet". He is credited as being the father of holistic medicine and the most documented psychic of the 20th century. Cayce founded the Association for Research and Enlightenment. Though Cayce himself lived before the emergence of the New Age Movement, some consider him the true founder and a principal source of its most characteristic beliefs.

Used by permission‚ Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA; EdgarCayce.org.


3-perceptionAn Excerpt from First Intelligence by Simone Wright

The third facet of the foundation of intuitive intelligence is perception, which is defined as the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses. Perception is the interface between our biology and the environment; it is the conscious awareness of our external world as it is experienced through our physical senses. Perception begins even before we are born. It occupies a powerful position in our lives because it influences every action we take so that we can more readily fit into our environment. In this way, it helps to ensure our survival.

Physical perception includes the five bodily senses: touch, smell, sight, taste, and sound. It also involves the senses that allow us to be aware of our body as it occupies space, and to be aware of movement within a given environment.

Perception is common to every living organism, from microscopic to macroscopic. In simple life-forms, it influences the automatic actions that shape reproduction, respiration, digestion, and immune function; and in more advanced life-forms, it has evolved to influence the actions that shape relationships, prosperity, success, and well-being. When we stop to look more closely at these functions, we recognize that even the smallest cell, in its quest for the highest level of survival, desires all those seemingly advanced things as well.

Consider all the things you consciously perceive at any given moment. The sensation of the sun on your face, the sound of traffic through the window, the smell of your coffee in the morning, and the sight of a bird flying past your window. Every one of these sensory experiences defines how you experience, participate in, and take action in your life. This process is continuous and largely unconscious and automatic; we do not have to stop and think about how we perceive. We just do it.

The Phases of Perception
There are three phases involved in the process of perception, and whether you are using it to experience something as mundane as a car traveling past you or something as mystical as an intuitive bit of precognition, the process is the same. The three phases of perception are awareness, recognition, and action.

When we navigate through our everyday life experiences, we flash through the process without thought. But when we adapt it to serve our First Intelligence, it is important to understand the mechanics of it so we can be certain to empower our intuition in the most potent way possible.

Phase 1. Awareness
The process of perception begins when something in the environment gets our attention. The energetic information that lets us “notice” — whether it’s the light reflected from a balloon into our eyes, the frequency of Mozart as it hits our ears, or the smell of a hot-dog stand registered by our nose — is at this point simply information in the field of possibility that has bumped into our sensory organs. It has not yet been processed by the mind, so it has no meaning or reality.

Once the energetic impression has been received by the sensory organ, it is translated into electrical signals that flow through the nervous system and into the brain and body to be interpreted. The actual moment of perception is when our body has gone through the lightning-quick processes of receiving and transmitting the electrical information, and not a moment before.

But awareness isn’t the complete picture. We are aware of many, many things as they blur in and out of our present moment of reality, but not every single one of them is something we need to isolate or process.

We perceive only a tiny percentage of the millions of energetic impulses happening around us each second. The things we do notice tend to be the things that align with our level of consciousness, that are equal to the beliefs we have about the world and our place in it, and that are relevant to our well-being and survival. The rest gets filtered out — either it’s ignored or it doesn’t even register.

Phase 2. Recognition
There is much we are aware of, but mere awareness isn’t enough to affect our physical processes. For awareness to have any impact, our brain must interpret what we are experiencing so we can give it meaning. This allows us to categorize and understand the world around us, which puts us in a better position to respond to it.

This part of the process is better known as recognition, which literally means to show awareness of, to acknowledge or appreciate. At the moment of recognition our brain identifies the stimulus and then categorizes it as, say, a rose or a hot dog, a fish or a bird, dangerous or safe, life affirming or life denying. The category or meaning we assign to that stimulus determines how or if we take action.

Phase 3. Action
The actions you take in response to the meaning you have created may be conscious, like jumping out of the way of a moving car, or unconscious, like scrunching up your face when you bite into a lemon. They may be major, like slamming on the brakes to avoid hitting a pedestrian, or subtle, like waving an insect away from your face. They may be life advancing, like introducing yourself to an important person you meet at a dinner party, or life denying, like staying in a relationship you know is not healthy for you. Regardless of the impulse or impression received, an action is always the final piece of the perceptive puzzle, even when the action is taking no action.

To simplify this even further, the process of perception is: What did you notice? What did it mean to you? And what action did you take? Misperception can threaten survival, and accurate perceptions encourage success, so these three questions hold great value for you as you develop your intuitive intelligence.

Simone Wright, “the Evolutionary Mind Coach for Elite Performers and Visionary Leaders,” is the author of First Intelligence: Using the Science and Spirit of Intuition.  She has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and uses her intuitive skills to assist in police investigations, missing children cases, and corporate business strategies. Visit her online at SimoneWright.com.

Adapted from the book First Intelligence ©2014 by Simone Wright.  Printed with permission of New World Library, Novato, CA. www.newworldlibrary.com

Be Calm in Your Heart

2-be-calmAn Excerpt from First Intelligence by Simone Wright

Be calm in your heart. This is the most powerful understanding you must carry with you when developing your intuitive intelligence. A calm and peaceful heart creates a calm and peaceful mind, and a calm mind is the center of all creative power.

Peace is the single most potent foundational energy in a life of mastery, and it is the energetic source of all creation. Peace is the access point for all evolutionary information that we will ever need. Mystics and masters have known of this hidden place of power for centuries and have tried countless times to tell us about it. Most people, however, are too distracted to pay attention or too stressed-out to care.

To build a foundation of peace, we must understand the situations, ideas, and attitudes that shift us out of coherence and create distortion or static on our intuitive line. These situations are fields of energy that influence us every moment of our lives, and they exist both externally and internally. Externally they can be generated by the conversation we had with our boss, client, child, or spouse; the movie or television shows we watch; and the invisible transmission of our cell phones and wireless Internet devices.

Internally, they are generated from moment to moment by what we are thinking about, and by the beliefs, habits, patterns, worries, and ponderings we carry. And because we are all transmitters and receivers of information, we are not only putting our own patterns out into the environment but picking up everyone else’s as well.

We have little or no control over the energetic information that we are exposed to externally, but we do have control over our internal fields of information, if we know how to identify them. Once we identify the sources of our internal disruption, we can eliminate them and reopen the clear channel through which intuitive intelligence flows.

The five main causes of intuitive static are as follows.

Stress or Fear
When we experience stress and fear, the rhythms of the heart and brain shift into erratic patterns that make access to the higher mind impossible. We must be certain that our patterns of emotion are as neutral as possible, and that we do not invest too much in either positivity or negativity.

Preconceived Ideas
If you think you have all the answers, believing there is only one solution to a problem, or that there is no solution, then intuition’s pathway becomes constricted. People who know it all have little access to intuitive intelligence, because their minds tell them, “I know there is no other solution than mine, so why bother looking for it?” And people who believe there is no solution at all shut the same door.
The mind must be completely open to all possible solutions or ideas. We must also be willing to let go of the need to know how intuitive information will make itself known to us or what the successful outcome will be.

Alcohol or Drugs
Anything that distorts a person’s ability to function or focus on any level will create resistance on the intuitive channel; even extreme amounts of caffeine or sugar can cause static. Excessive exposure to computer games, loud music, violent media, the Internet, and cell phones is “artificial stimulation.” Anything that interferes with our natural coherence should be kept to a minimum to ensure that our intuitive instrument is as healthy as possible.

Wishful Thinking
Having a deep desire or wish for something to turn out a certain way amps up the incoherence of our heart and brain patterns. When we are strongly attached to how something is supposed to work out, or panicked about achieving a specific result, we stand a greater chance of misinterpreting messages from our lower mind as intuitive direction.
When we trust in the process of First Intelligence and have faith that our higher mind will present us with a more expanded view of the situation, we can let go of our need to control the outcome.

Not Believing You Are Already Intuitive
Everybody is intuitive; it is a natural, biological process. We need not be gifted to have access to this powerful tool. However, we live in a world that favors the logical, rational mind, so anything that falls outside this norm is perceived as supernatural or unrealistic. Fear of, and advance judgment of, what until now has been “the unknown” prevents us from even trying to access our intuitive intelligence. Believe that you already possess this intelligence, and that it is a completely normal part of your humanity.
Before you engage in any sort of intuitive inquiry, do a quick check of your coherence level. If you notice that you are feeling anything other than peaceful, take a few minutes to establish the necessary field of energy. The extra time you take to establish this foundation is a small price to pay to ensure your intuitive success and overall well-being.

Simone Wright, “the Evolutionary Mind Coach for Elite Performers and Visionary Leaders,” is the author of First Intelligence: Using the Science and Spirit of Intuition.  She has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and uses her intuitive skills to assist in police investigations, missing children cases, and corporate business strategies. Visit her online at SimoneWright.com.

Adapted from the book First Intelligence ©2014 by Simone Wright.  Printed with permission of New World Library, Novato, CA. www.newworldlibrary.com

The Four Levels of Intuition

1-four-levelsby Simone Wright, author of First Intelligence

Learning to develop and trust our intuitive intelligence is more important now than it ever has been before. According to a recent UCLA study, we are exposed to a tsunami of information that amounts to over 174 newspapers full of data per day. That is more than 5 times the amount of information we were exposed to just 20 years ago.  Included in this deluge of data are countless opinions, endless streams of expert advice and a myriad of gurus and guides telling us what we should be doing in order to live our best lives.

The reality is that the only guidance system we need to assist us in living our best life is the wisdom held within our natural intuitive intelligence. When properly developed it can and will lead us to the choices, ideas and innovations that will guide us towards what is truly in our best interest and help us create the highest good in our lives.

Intuition is a subtle language so understanding the various ways it communicates makes having a deep and meaningful relationship with it rewarding, reliable and much more fun.

Intuition operates in our body and nervous system on levels that range from basic, binary, survival-based communications to complete conversations that are elegant, sophisticated, and evolved.

Level 1: Gut Instinct
Attributes: safety, security, and survival.
We have all heard of this level of intuition, and most of us can recall a time when we have recognized it or felt its presence in our lives. Gut instinct may be the best known and most mainstream interpretation of intuition, but it is only a small part of the entire intelligence system. We should not depend on it alone to guide us to our highest potential or outcome.

Gut instinct is simple, basic, and binary, which means it communicates through the feeling of opposites and uses impressions such as yes or no, stop or go, safe or unsafe, to convey its message.

When your gut instinct is operating, it will answer such questions as: “Is this choice/person/relationship in my best interests? Can I thrive in this environment? Will this situation meet my deepest needs?”

Level 2: Heart-Based Intelligence
Attributes: courage, compassion, and communication.
The intelligence in the heart encourages us to adopt the practice of courage, compassion, and care and use them to communicate and connect with all other life forms in our environment. It guides us to what is appropriate to say or do in moments of need and allows us to connect and communicate in often unspoken ways and to bond with people, animals, and places in ways that cannot be described by words or rational thought.

This center of wisdom prompts us to ask the questions, such as: “Is my life filled with beauty? Do I love what I do? How can I discover my joy? What would I do if I were not afraid? Am I bringing the best of myself to my life and the world?”

Level 3: Visionary Power
Attributes: imagination, visionary certainty, and creative possibility
The third level of intuitive intelligence is found in the mystical and often misunderstood power of extrasensory perception (ESP), expanded spiritual vision, lucid dreaming and other elevated psychic events.

This is the level of intuition where extraordinary solutions, alternate ways of doing things, and groundbreaking new ideas are commonplace.

When this center of wisdom is active it guides us to ask questions such as: “What do I see as a solution or possibility? Is there something I am overlooking? What dreams do I have for my future that I haven’t given myself permission to make into reality?”

Level Four: The Connection to Universal Wisdom
Attributes: Universal awareness and unity consciousness
The fourth level of intuitive intelligence is the most nonphysical of the group. This intelligence is often activated during deep meditation or advanced awareness practices, and it is sometimes reported after near-death experiences or times of great stress or trauma.

The highest level of intuition that humans can reach while in physical form is the one that allows us to access the realm of all things and to become consciously aware of our connection to and ability to create with the intelligence that is the source our reality.

When we are aligned with this level of intelligence, we recognize that all things in life are valuable and appropriate and that we have the power within us to change and heal our lives if we so choose.

Here there are no questions. There is only consciousness.

As you become familiar with these levels of communication, your rapport with this natural form of intelligence will grow, evolve and expand and it will not matter what the rest of the world is telling you to do. With the direct guidance of your own wisdom you will be able to navigate any situation with a sense of joy, ease and great satisfaction.

Simone Wright, “the Evolutionary Mind Coach for Elite Performers and Visionary Leaders,” is the author of First Intelligence: Using the Science and Spirit of Intuition.  She has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and uses her intuitive skills to assist in police investigations, missing children cases, and corporate business strategies. Visit her online at SimoneWright.com.

Adapted from the book First Intelligence ©2014 by Simone Wright.  Printed with permission of New World Library, Novato, CA. www.newworldlibrary.com


The Art of Choosing a Tarot Significator

choose-a-significator-3by Susyn Blair-Hunt, MsD

Significators play a powerful role in Tarot readings. Not only do they identify a certain person, place or object, they can heighten the focus of the reader as well as the client when addressing the question at hand.

Choosing the best card to signify the main subject of one’s question can be challenging. The following are some guidelines to identify which images of the Tarot will bring the greatest amount of focus and accuracy to your readings.

People Significators

The most common reason a reader chooses a Significator is to identify a particular person. Typically, these cards are selected based on a person’s birth or astrological sign. In a traditional Tarot deck, Rods/Wands indicate someone born under a fire sign (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius); Cups represent the water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces); Swords identify air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius); the earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) are represented by Pentacles. The King of a suit will represent a man, and the Queen, a women. Knights will represent a teen or young adult, and Pages can be used when asking about children. For example, if the question concerns a water sign man (Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces) you would select the King of Cups as their Significator.

If you do not have the birth date of the subject in question, you can select a Major Arcana card to represent them, based on their persona. The Emperor can be used to indicate a father figure; the Empress, a mother; the Fool, a child. A spiritual or wise woman can be represented by the High Priestess, while the Hierophant can serve as a Significator for a man of this nature. The Magician or Devil can be chosen to represent someone who might be working against you or your client in a particular situation, while the Hanged Man could indicate someone who is in limbo.

Object Significators

When you come across a question that revolves around an object, such as, “Where are my gold earrings,” or, “Is my boyfriend giving me a ring for Christmas,” you can select a card that illustrates an image similar to the object in question. Sort through the cards until one stands out to you. In the case of the missing gold earrings, you might chose a card that depicts a heavily adorned woman, while for the ring, the Ace of Pentacles is an option.

You can also select an object Significator based on the elements and suits of the Tarot. Wands typify the element of fire, so objects related to fire such as candles, incense, lamps or electrical equipment would fall into this category. Cups can be used to represent dinnerware, jewelry, art and anything related to water, this suit’s element. Swords will cover objects connected with communications, cell phones, computers or music, along with anything connected to its element of air. Pentacles can be used when your question involves money, documents and objects related to the element of earth.

Be creative when selecting your Significator. An excerpt from my book Tarot Predictions and Divination, outlines how a client used significator cards to select the ideal gift for her parents’ anniversary.

Mary Ellen was considering a pair of antique silver candlesticks as a gift, so, for this choice, she selected the Two of Wands (two representing a pair of something, Wands representing the element of fire, i.e., candles). She also knew that her parents needed a new television set. For this option, she chose the Wheel of Fortune to represent one of her parents’ favorite shows, since she found no cards that illustrated a television. To represent her third gift possibility, a Caribbean cruise, she chose the Sun, an image that reflected the climate of their destination.

Location Significators

Significators can also be used to determine destinations or locations. The following are some of the guidelines from Tarot Predictions and Divination that indicate how to choose the right card for this type of question.

Using the cards to determine a location can come in handy when one seeks guidance about where to take a vacation, the ideal spot to relocate, or when one is searching for a person or lost object.

There are a number of cards in any Tarot deck that can be used as direction indicators. Because different decks contain varying illustrations, focus on the images in each card rather than their traditional meanings.

When you are considering a move, vacation or trying to locate someone, it is best to narrow down the general direction first. For example, if someone is considering two or three different places where they would like to relocate (one south of them, one to the north, and one to the east), you may be able to narrow down their options with the cards.

If you or your client are looking at relocating to a new city, or trying to find a vacation destination, you can choose a card for each of the places being considered. The suit of Swords is ideal for indicating a place that is north or south of you (upward swords indicate north, downward, south). You can opt for a court card with someone facing left to represent west, or someone facing right to indicate east. If you are asking about a coastal location, look for cards that illustrate water or a beach.

To determine the best place for a vacation or relocation, first consider the direction cards above. Next, you can signify the climate or geography of the location.

There are a number of cards in a Tarot deck that can indicate the geography or climate of a location. For instance, cards depicting water or shorelines can identify coastal spots. Cards such as the Eight of Cups and the Fool, which both depict mountains, can be used to represent a higher altitude. A foreign country can be represented by the World card, while the Sun can be used to signify a warmer climate such as Arizona or Florida.

Let’s say that you are planning a summer vacation, but your family members cannot agree on where they want to go. You can perform a reading to discover which option would work the best. If one wants to go to a beach in Florida, and you live in Ohio, choose a Significator card that suggests coastal, water or oceans. If another family member wants to go camping in the Rockies, choose a card indicating west (if the Rockies are west of you) or one of the cards that depicts mountains.

You might meet with a client who wants to know where they should go to find new love. There are cards in the deck that can represent the workplace, a bar, a party or an internet search. Reviewing the card images to find the perfect Significator takes a little time, but, with practice, you will soon learn instinctively, which card to select.

If it turns out that you cannot locate a card to represent what you are looking for, you can select any card in the deck and program it to signify the person, place or object you are asking about. Focus on the card and assign it to represent the subject of your reading. Then place it at the top of your reading, or in the Significator space of your layout.

The guidelines in this article are not set in stone. If you sense psychically that a better card or set of cards will work for your specific question, trust your instincts. The important thing is to remember that using a significator will make your readings more focused and, ultimately, more accurate.

For an in-depth look at Significators and the important role they play in a Tarot reading, along with specific card recommendations for any subject, a complete section on Significators can be found in my new book, “Tarot Predictions and Divination.”

Excepted from “Tarot Predictions and Divination” by Susyn Blair-Hunt. Susyn Blair-Hunt is internationally known for her psychic tarot and astrology readings. A professional metaphysical consultant for over 25 years, Susyn was recently named one of the top psychic astrologers on the Internet. For daily horoscopes, personal readings, and more information on Susyn’s books, visit her website at www.SusynBlairHunt.com.


What Types of Questions Can One Ask the Tarot?

article-1-tarot-croppedby Susyn Blair-Hunt, MsD

The answer is, just about anything! Once you have formed a repoire with your cards, you will discover that they are able to address most any question you can come up with.

One evening, soon after I first began learning the Tarot, I was at a friend’s house, where I had just finished a reading for her. As I was putting away my cards, she asked me if I would like a piece of birthday cake from a recent celebration. I hesitated, citing my diet and stating that I really “shouldn’t.” She laughed and said, “Why don’t you ask the cards?”

I shuffled the cards and performed the “Yes or No” reading featured in my book “Tarot Predictions and Divination.” I pulled these five cards:

Eight of Cups (Indulgence)
Three of Cups (Celebration, i.e., the birthday cake)
Seven of Swords (Stealing away from my diet)
Nine of Rods (Indicating I should stay strong in my commitments)
The Tower (I would feel poorly if I ate the cake, as it would undermine my efforts)

With three “no” cards and two “yes” cards appearing in the layout, I saw that the Tarot cards were warning me not to partake. My friend called out from the kitchen where she was cutting the cake to see if the cards would allow me a piece. I replied, “Apparently not!”

I took the cards’ advice, and we had a good laugh over it.

Another friend, who was quite skeptical about my newly forming skill, finally agreed to let me read the Tarot for her. She was so taken with the process and answers that, a week later, she asked me to read for her again. Two weeks after that, she requested another reading. As I laid out the cards, she stopped me. “How is it that each time we do a reading, the same cards show up?” I replied, “Because you keep asking me the same question!”

I learned early on not to keep asking the same question over and over. After a few times, just as people would do, the cards would become frustrated with me and refuse to answer, or finally say, no, that isn’t going to happen! Once you get the answer to your question, it is best to trust in what the cards have to say. If you do not like the answer, reshuffling and asking again will not change the outcome or the message the Tarot has for you.

Although you do not want to become overly dependent on the Tarot, running to it with every decision you face during the course of a day, it is always fun to test out your less serious questions and see what the cards have to reveal!

Remember that each Tarot card can have multiple meanings, depending on the type of question you are asking. My book “Tarot Predictions and Divination” contains multiple appendixes of the different categories and meanings each Tarot Card can represent.

Susyn Blair-Hunt is internationally known for her psychic tarot and astrology readings. A professional metaphysical consultant for over twenty years, Susyn was recently named one of the top psychic astrologers on the Internet. For daily horoscopes, personal readings, and more information on Susyn’s book “Tarot Prediction and Divination” a complete guide to the Tarot, visit her website at www.SusynBlairHunt.com.


Learning to Read Tarot Cards

tarot-101-article-1by Susyn Blair-Hunt, MsD

Typically, many Tarot decks on the market today only come with a small booklet providing a brief description or interpretation of each card, and offering the Celtic Cross layout and perhaps two or three simple spreads. Even if you purchase a deck that comes with an accompanying book, there seems little guidance on how to begin, and soon most people give up and relegate their decks to the back of their dresser drawer or a seldom visited shelf.

So if you’re one of those people who has a deck stashed away, or you’ve always been drawn to learn the Tarot, here are some great guidelines to get you started.

Selecting the Right Deck

There are many Tarot decks available on the market today, offering an endless selection. Many metaphysical stores will have a number of decks open for display, allowing you to sort through the individual images and get a feel for the card’s energies.

The are three basic criteria for selecting your deck; its visual properties, its energy qualities, and personal identification, or the level of connection you feel with the deck.

You’ll want to opt for a deck that you are drawn to visually, noting the characteristics of the images and the visuals they portray. For beginners, I recommend the Hanson Roberts or Robin Woods decks. They are smaller than most decks and easier to handle. If you are able to shuffle through a sample deck, you’ll be able to get a sense of the energy they emit. You may also be drawn to a “theme” deck, so trust your instincts and pick a deck you can identify with.

Purifying and Storing Your Deck

Once you get your Tarot deck home (or pull it out of that drawer), it’s important to cleanse and purify the deck before using it. There are a number of ways to purify the deck, and one of the easiest methods is with a sage smudge stick or incense. Open the deck and fan it out across your table or workspace. Then light the stick and let the smoke waft over the cards. Then turn the cards over and repeat. A second method of purification is to rub the deck with a silk or cotton cloth. If you choose to protect your cards by wrapping them in a silk cloth, you can use this cloth to purify them after each use.

The Tarot cards are a magnet for energy, so it’s very important that they are stored properly when not in use. Wrapping them in a silk or wool cloth or scarf is a great way to insulate them, or you can find a box or container with a lid to house them in.

Preparing Your Space

Make sure you practice your reading sessions in a quiet and calm place, with no distractions. Use a flat surface with plenty of room to lay the cards out on. Light some candles or incense and clear your head with some deep breathing or a brief meditation. Then say a simple prayer that you be guided to receive the answers you are seeking, from the highest source possible.

Formulating Your Question

The way you phrase your question is one of the most important aspects in reading the Tarot. For example, if you ask, “Am I going to get some money”, you are leaving the time frame and method that money will come to you wide open. Be as specific as possible with your questions. For example, “Will the money I am waiting for arrive this week?” Or, “I need $300 before next Friday, will I get it and how will I get it?”

Shuffling the Cards

There is no right or wrong way to shuffle the cards. You can pick a method that is comfortable to you, whether it involves traditional shuffling, cutting the cards repeatedly, or fanning them out on the table and shuffling them in a circular manner. As you shuffle, concentrate on your question and then trust your instincts to indicate when they have been shuffled long enough.

Laying Out the Cards

You can lay the cards out on the table either face up or face down. For beginners it may be easier to pull the cards and lay them out face down, turning them over as you read each one. Then when you become more proficient, you may find that laying them out face up will give you a better overall picture of the reading. Either way is acceptable, so go with your instincts, or try both ways to see which one works best for you.

Reading the Cards

Pay close attention to the images of the cards while you are reading, as well as the number of major and minor arcana that appear in a spread. The more major arcana cards you have, the more prominent the messages a reading will contain.
The minor suits of the Tarot, the Rods, Cups, Swords and Pentacles, all correspond to different aspects of life, and different seasons:

Rods – Spiritual or Business Ventures/Spring

Cups – Emotions/Summer

Swords – Thoughts, Ideas and Communication/Autumn

Pentacles – Money, Objects, The Physical World/Winter

Using these guidelines will help you determine more clearly, what dimensions of a situation or question the cards are addressing.

Once you feel more confident with your readings, it’s a great idea to ask friends or relatives to let you read for them, to take your skills to the next level.

For your complete guide to the Tarot from start to finish, pick up a copy of Susyn’s “Tarot Prediction and Divination” at SusynBlairHunt.com.

Susyn Blair-Hunt, MsD has been a professional metaphysical consultant for over 25 years and holds a Doctorate in Metaphysics, along with certification by The American Association of Professional Psychics and the American Tarot Association. This article contains excerpts from her book, “Tarot Prediction and Divination”, your complete guide for reading the Tarot. To contact Susyn and learn more about her private readings, daily horoscopes, books, radio show and other psychic services, visit her at SusynBlairHunt.com.


How to Make Your Own Plant Spirit Essence

herb-article-3by Laura Silvana

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

In making an essence for your personal use, the most important tools are prayers, love, gratitude, and your relationship with the plant spirit upon journeying. If you choose to make an essence to take internally, trust the plant spirit to tell you the most fertile time for harvesting the necessary plant part to help you with your creation.

You will need spring water, alcohol (such as vodka or brandy, as a preserving agent), the part of the plant used for the medicine, a clear glass bowl, and your intuition. You will be guided as to the part of the day in which you are called to harness the healing energies of the plant spirit. I suggest that you create a sacred space and begin your journey with the plant spirit there. You might want to make your creation in the sun, in the night with the energy of the moon, or in a special meditation room. Take the part of the plant you will be using and immerse it in a small, clear bowl filled with spring water. Intuit the amount of time needed for the healing energy of the plant and spirit to imbue the water. When the energies of both have aligned with the water and have been blessed by the Divine, your water is now potentized and becomes a plant spirit essence. Place your essence in a secure, clean, one–ounce bottle in a proportion of four parts essence to one part alcohol, and your process is complete. The alcohol secures the Earth element, while the plant spirit essence holds the space for the etheric. In making the essences, much love, prayer, and vibrational plant spirit energy helps to create these medicines of the Earth and sky.

Plant spirit essences have no adverse side effects. However, like all plant medicines, they allow for the natural healing process of the self to unfold. This may cause suppressed physical symptoms to appear, or symptoms might become exacerbated as in a healing crisis before shifting in the body. Unfamiliar and unexpressed emotions and all forms of toxicity may also surface as the body and its various levels become

Excerpted from Plant Spirit Journey, by Laura Silvana

Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal. Copyright Llewellyn Worldwide, 2009. All rights reserved.