Aug 222014
 

I am so excited about tomorrow.  I am part of the Vancouver Island Pagan Pride day and will be there with a one day special price on the Rainbow Travellers Tarot deck and intuitive tarot readings.  For more information about the day see the link below:

Vancouver Island Pagan Pride

The card I wanted to share in honour of tomorrow is the Three of Wands.  When I created this card I wanted to show the ancient connection of gypsy wisdom and spirit in providing divination and tarot readings.  Probably no surprise that my nickname for years has been RainbowGypsy and that as my tarot deck evolved it very much a part of who I am as well as a tool for connecting intuitively.

The Three of Wands is a magical invitation to connect with the wisdom of both intuition and spirit.  The gypsy in front of her tent uses her gifts to allow her to see beyond the physical plane and to unravel the many layers of potential that a given situation holds.  The wand she carries is a talisman to her ability to connect with mysterious and unknown realms. She is aware of her gifts and enjoys the opportunities to share this with the world.  She loves freedom and is always eager to move on to new adventures and places.  Her home is where her heart is and she takes that everywhere she goes.  The Three of Wands is about vision and insight and seeing the bigger picture of future prospects and opportunities.

I have always been drawn and attracted to gypsies though it wasn’t until later in life that I wished I had taken the opportunity as a child when my grandparents were alive to find out more about my Ukrainian heritage.  I am very much a free spirit and know I will love to be alongside the water, listening to the many musicians they have arranged for the days event.  It will be wonderful seeing all of the vendors with their tents and items for sale, and will definitely be an opportunity to connect with kindred spirits.

This is a great card for me as well as so many things are beginning to open up.  Projects that have been long in the making are just in the final stages of editing before sending them out into the world and exciting new ones are coming to life.

May the gift of the spirit fill your day with joy and blessings

Carmen

May 012014
 

Life can be such a struggle. So many people are suffering.  I am saddened by the tragic event yesterday in one of our small communities on Vancouver Island.  What drives a middle aged man to return to a former place of employment with a gun?  In a matter of moments two lives are ended and countless others are shattered.  We are all reminded that in a blink of an eye we could love everything, including those whom we love.

I am feeling raw as my heart aches so deeply.  I have so many dear friends and loved ones right now who are overwhelmed by the pain of their chronic illnesses and the seeming unending challenges life seems to place before them.  I understand first hand the debilitating fatigue of chronic pain and depression.  I walk that path with so many others and the outside world has no idea how much courage it takes to hold on to that thin sliver of hope that some days seems all but invisible.

I’ve hit that wall and am reaching out and getting help.  When the dust settles there may be those who don’t understand or may judge the decisions and steps I have to take.  I will work hard at letting that go.  I am grabbing that fading sliver of hope and will begin to rebuild.

The Five of Pentacles can represent a difficult time or challenge, though there is also a strong message that comes with it.

Your angels are always present, ready to help if only you would reach out.  You are not alone, that is merely a feeling that will drift away when you connect with the divine presence of your guardian angel.  They will help you to face the challenges that are weighing you down.  They will help you to find your own wings so that you can lift yourself above the present circumstances.  If you allow them, there are those that would gladly come forward to help you.  Don’t think you have to go it alone.

I start today – May 1st with the gentle promise to focus on self-compassion, letting go of doubt, letting go of judgement and guilt.

Today’s affirmation or metta with a candle lit for all in need.

May I be safe
May I be free of suffering
May I be happy

May all of you.. be safe
May all of you…be free of suffering
May all of you…be happy.

Brightest Blessings from my heart to yours.
Carmen

 

Apr 152014
 

At first I was sure that I would not be able to see the eclipse of the full moon tonight.  The sky was thick with clouds and yet the wind blew and in time we were able to watch the remaining stages as the moon became whole again.  This is a series of photos my wife and I took.  I don’t have a professional camera however my little Cannon was able to capture so much… and at one point even more than one could imagine.

May the blessing of the full moon bring you good health, abundance and happiness.

Apr 142014
 

The first of 4 lunar eclipses’ of 2014 will take place during the night between April 14 -15 beginning at 2:00 AM EDT.  This full moon is called the Blood Moon due to the red hue during its total eclipse.  A lunar eclipse is a good time to work on your spiritual connection.  Energy is heightened and activities such as meditation, chanting, wish crafting and blessings can be very effective.

The Moon and its energy have fuelled many myths and stories. The phase of the Moon which is the part that we are able to see at night is cyclical and is dependent on its position from the sun and the earth.   It is illuminated by the light of the sun, while the part facing away from the sun is in darkness. The very nature of what we see and are not able to see is part of the reason that the moon often represents situations that might be illusive and unclear.

The full moon is its most powerful phase and many people are affected by it’s energy.  Some believe it intensifies emotions and if you have ever worked in customer service, or health care there is a clear understanding that it can be a tough day in the trenches dealing with increased conflict and in some cases accidents.  I know I’ve worked in the area of customer service and have to agree there is definitely a pattern that seems to repeat it itself during these times.

Having said that I have always had a close connection to the moon.  I feel drawn to it in the night sky.  It is has always filled my spirit with a sense of ease and a feeling of being part of something so much bigger than our day to day lives.  For me the moon is very much a connection to spirit, to my intuition, and my wish for peace and hope for all.  No matter where in the world we are, the moon is a beacon that adds light to darkness.

It is only a few hours to when the eclipse is supposed to begin and unfortunately the sky is a cloudy one at the moment.  It is likely I won’t be able to see the eclipse, however you don’t need to see it, to feel it’s energy and power.

Be mindful of your thoughts, your words and your actions.  Be kind to yourself and others and be part of the energy that brings love, hope and peace to this world of ours.  Brightest Blessings

Apr 022014
 

Something special this Saturday, April 5th. A radio show featuring yours truly about making the connection with tarot and the energy healing of Reiki. It airs at 1:00 PM Pacific and 4:00 PM. Eastern time. It’s free and I’d love to have you join me and the host of Rainbow Psychics Blog Talk Radio Dax Carlisle.

By using the link below and selecting “Reminder” you can get a reminder at show time this Saturday:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rainbowpsychics/2014/04/05/reiki-tarot–guild-classroom

Apr 012014
 

April is going to be an interesting and exciting month.  There are so many new things on the horizon.  I have a new eBook that will soon be launched and shortly after that an online course on Intuitive Tarot Readings.  I’ve begun new yoga classes that while challenging are helping me to feel connected and hopeful and I’ve set some real goals for myself that I have wanted to achieve for a long time.  One of them is selecting a Card of the Day and sharing it here on the Rainbow Travellers Tarot Blog.  In addition to that I’ve joined a group of amazing individuals to learn more about social media in a way that fits with who I am.  It is not about the numbers and about making heart to heart connections.  Which for me is what it is all about.

So it is little surprise that the Ace of Pentacles showed up this morning for me to share with you.  When The Ace of Pentacles comes into your life it speaks of new beginnings.  The suit of Pentacles is connected to our physical world.  This may include but is not limited to jobs and finances which is the way this card is most often interpreted.

It also connects the physical aspect of your own body and the need to look at the role your health and well-being plays in your life and the situation you find yourself in. Making even small changes will have the impetus to bring larger rewards.

For me these two aspects are definitely areas that I am working on.  I’m excited about the potential of being able to make improvements to my health.  Yoga has begun to allow me to enjoy gentle movement that is not always later challenged by the pain of fibromyalgia.  Having a teacher who is kind, compassionate and understanding has made all the difference in the world.  I’m learning that yoga is a personal practise that allows the student to make alterations and changes with various supports that recognize we are all individuals with different abilities and needs.

The eBook I’ve written like the cards of the Rainbow Travellers Tarot has been a labour of love going into the details and interpretations of the journey tarot will take you on.  It provides the reader with questions and prompts to develop their own intuition in reading the cards and seeing the subtle messages that are there waiting for them to discover.  The eBook is in the capable hands of my editor who I know will ensure it is perfect!

The Ace of Pentacles is full of encouragement and energy, urging you to take those steps forward.  Believe that there is no better time than now to focus on manifesting the abundance you have longed for.

When the Ace of Pentacles appears in a reading it is a time for turning your dreams into something both tangible and real.

Is there is a project, job, course, hobby or wellness program that you have been meaning to get to for some time?  Tell me about it and lets encourage each other to make it happen.

Blessings of abundance and joy!

 

 

Dec 102013
 

Walking along the beach as the tide comes in it is little wonder to me that the tarot card that is associated with emotions and the heart is cups and the element of water. There is such a feeling of ease if you allow yourself to be in the moment and listen to the sound of the water. Allow yourself to breathe and let the gentle sound, the air and movement of the waves wrap softly around you. To be perfectly still and let the thoughts and feelings that are so tightly wrapped around your heart begin to ease.

Emotions especially at this time of year when there are so many expectations can get pretty messed up. The holiday season comes with its own challenges and at a time when cheer and sharing is the “supposed norm” so many people are struggling with deep and dark depression. Feelings of loss, sadness, hopelessness and fatigue can be crippling especially when it is something we feel we need to hide from others, and at times even more so from the people we love the most.

healercupsAt times like this the “Healer of Cups” is a guide that can help us to find our way. She is aware of the emotions that dwell in your heart. The feelings that weigh you down. She comes bearing a gift that needs to be accepted before you can do anything else. Her gift to you is the wisdom and blessing that comes with self-compassion and the importance of filling your own cup.

These are not easy lessons and she comes with the grace and kindness that you so much need. It is ok to seek refuge from that which pulls at your heart. It is ok to need to find ways that help you to find comfort, and it is so important to reach out to those you love. You are not meant to walk in darkness alone. When the Healer of Cups comes into your life as a guide she has the gift of emotional insights and can often sense the undercurrents at play. Heartache no matter what the cause is real. Do not second guess yourself. Watch the messages and things you say to yourself. Would you say them to a best friend? Someone you love? Likely not, so learning to treat yourself as you would someone you truly care about is a beginning.

Be patient, gentle and kind, you deserve this. Allow yourself to be open and to recognize that the first step to healing your heart is to love yourself, “just as you are in this moment.”

Nov 192013
 

In 2012 I took the leap of faith that we find is the entire message behind the first card in the Major Aracana. I left my corporate career to follow the dreams my heart and spirit had sang to me for so long. It was exciting, scary and the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I curated a digital art show in the Valley of more than 12 local digital artist, had my own showing of my artwork at a local coffee shop and finished and self-published The Rainbow Travellers Tarot. It was the beginning of bringing together years of artistic creation and passion and actually stepping out and sharing it with the world. What a rush! People either looked at me with admiration for what they said took a whole lot of courage, or with that glazed look that says “What is she thinking?” It’s funny to find out just where people really stand when you actually do take the risk and those steps towards living your dreams.

Just after the whirlwind of beginning on this brand new adventure, as life would have it life through me a curve ball that I could never have expected. It was life altering and meant that someone I loved needed both Jane (my wife) and my support to find their way back from the depths of illness and breakdown. You can say it never fails, just when you think you know where you are headed life hits you up side the head and makes you realize you really are not in control. What was undeniable was we were needed and if there is a silver lining in a tragic and heart breaking situation I was now self-employed and didn’t have to answer to a boss who would never have understood or much less allowed me to have the time off from the office that I needed to support my family. Two years later, I would have changed nothing, I never regretted leaving my corporate job and I certainly do not regret focusing the time, attention, love and support that was so needed. And you probably guessed it, Murphy’s law means that well, not just one tragic situation is ever enough so we worked through the heartbreaking death of my mother, realizing how she had built this big defensive wall around herself so that no one really knew how ill or hard life had been for her. Estranged for more than 15 years I was able to reconnect and share in her last months, letting her go knowing that I did and would always love her. Add to this the incomprehensible pain my wife had been experiencing for 2+ years that doctors were unable to diagnose and find ease for. Month/Years of appointments, specialists, tests, trial solutions all of which did nothing until two months ago the universe gave her a break with a locum doctor, and a surgeon who were willing to listen, see her pain and finally do a surgery that has thankfully reduced the pain she has lived with for so long. The relief of not feeling like you had been stabbed continually day and night is a blessing. If you’ve made it this far I promise not to go on with many more details. Our lives are often interrupted by suffering, challenges, heartache and fear. What helps is not being alone, reaching out and asking for help when you need it and being there for those you love when they need you. Well that is the what helps us to be resilient and never give up!

So after some really difficult times I am finding my way back to doing more of what I started when I first created the Rainbow Travellers Tarot and here is the great news!! The eBook I have been working on is almost ready for release!! Woohoo!! Yes it has taken me way longer than I ever imagined but it is almost ready to be delivered to a computer/tablet/e-reader close to you!!

On March 31st, 2014 the eBook “Intuitive Reading” will be available which will take you on a more profound level of your journey into the Rainbow Travellers Tarot. This new eBook will take the reader on the exciting voyage of tapping into their own intuition when reading tarot cards.

Anyone can use a tarot deck, select cards and read what the guide book says about it. What that experience doesn’t do is tap into your own inner wisdom and the message the cards have when you look more deeply into the imagery and its connection with the other cards.

“Intuitive Reading” will provide you with a much more in-depth approach to reading cards. The insights and approaching to accessing your own intuition will be practises that you can use with any tarot or oracle deck. The eBook will use the Rainbow Travellers Tarot as examples however the questions to ask yourself and the ability to see more than what is a short printed explanation will help you to become more in touch with your own guides. This is not a short little white book it is a very detailed journey into the tarot and the lessons and experiences we share in our lives. At more than 40,000 words and accompanied by the colourful artwork of the Rainbow Travellers Tarot cards you will find yourself immersed in a world of magic, hope, challenges and insights that easily parallel the complex nature of the human experience in mind, body, heart and spirit.
The following subjects will be Included in this eBook:

  • Selecting a deck you connect with
  • Caring for your cards
  • Setting the stage to read intuitively
  • Individual cards (from the Rainbow Travellers Tarot) and what to look for
  • In-depth interpretations that can be unravelled to illuminate the wisdom and messages
  • Questions to ask yourself about what else you see, feel and sense
  • Questions the cards have for the querent/person you are reading for
  • Doing readings for yourself and others
  • Card spreads and general readings

We all have the ability to access messages intuitively; this eBook will get help you start to take those first few steps to embracing the wisdom, understanding and clarity that the tarot can help you find.
Pre-orders will be taken for the introductory price of $100.00 for the “Rainbow Travellers Enthusiast Pack, which includes the 78 card Rainbow Travellers Tarot Deck and a signed copy of the Guide to the Rainbow Travellers Tarot booklet, a handmade tarot bag for your new 78 card deck, a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, a signed 5×7 print of your choice of one image from the web-based gallery of the Rainbow Travellers Tarot Cards. This will make a fabulous holiday gift for yourself or someone you know who has a passion for the mysteries of Tarot.

If you are interested in pre-ordering and having the cards available in time for the holidays  please click on this link which will take you to the Rainbow Travellers Store. Purchases can be made using PayPal or a personal Credit Card.

I am so excited to be finding my way back to sharing and creating offerings that can make a difference. Be happy and know that while life sometimes takes us off course, there is no time like now to get back on the path you have always meant to travel.

Brightest Blessings
Carmen

Oct 132013
 

It is Thanksgiving here and my favourite season. I love fall with all its splendour and colours. The air is crisp and change is just around the corner. Soon the wind will have aided in the journey of all the fallen leaves and the landscape will yet again be different.

I have so much to be thankful for! Yet there are so many people who are struggling. I wish I had that magic wand that could bring ease of their suffering. What I can and will do is send loving energy and compassion out to those who are in need, to those who feel lost, worn down and without hope. Hold on, and believe that while the road we travel can so often seem like an uphill struggle, there is hope. Don’t ever give up!

Feel the energy of love and kindness surround you, be kind and gentle with yourself and take time to see the wonder in nature, knowing you are an important part of this world.

Brightest Blessings
Carmen

Aug 222013
 

8wandsIn the middle of a crazy week of unbelievable amounts of work to try and meet deadlines, between periods of fatigue and fibro pain comes my muse and an exciting idea of where to go from here. After the completion of my eBook and course on Intuitive Tarot readings…. well lets just say my heart is skipping to start this new project.

I just need to draw on the energy of the Eight of Wands. “In order to continue with the momentum that you have gained quick action may be necessary to eliminate stalling and procrastination. Seize the day is the perfect saying that embodies the Eight of Wands.”

So finish the project in hand and start the exciting dance towards the next dream. Wishing you all the magic and energy in the Eight of Wands.