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A Beginner’s Guide to Minor Chakras

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by Cathy Douglas

Imagine a source of universal energy shining like a great sun above your head. Standing beneath this energy source, you feel empowered by its life-giving warmth. But the energy is unfocused.

Now imagine there’s a prism between you and this sun, angled a little off to the side. This prism focuses a manageable amount of that energy back toward your body, separating its rays into higher and lower frequencies that your senses interpret as color. The prism focuses this universal energy along the length of your body, so you’re able to experience and use your spectrum of energy naturally. You don’t even need to understand why or how it happens.

This is how chakras work when everything lines up perfectly, though real life is naturally a little messier. In my illustration (I drew it myself — can you tell?), the universe’s undifferentiated energy (the sun) focuses on individual beings (that funky-looking stick figure) through the lens of a logical pattern (the prism, which contains the pattern known as the flower of life). The prism separates the energy into frequencies we can use, and which we experience as color. These chakras affect our physical selves, and also our subtle body — that is, the shadow self composed of intangible things like “mind” and “ego.”

Nowadays, many people are familiar with the seven major chakras and their associated colors. But in reality those colors combine and blend, as colors do in a rainbow. If the seven major chakras are like the basic colors you’d find in a preschooler’s box of crayons, the chakra system as a whole is more like the big 96-color box you pestered your mom into buying you for sixth grade.

To be more exact, 72 chakras have been identified. Of those, many energy workers choose to work with various 21-chakra systems for healing, balance, and improved function of the human energy field. The one I’m most familiar with follows the spinal line as it runs through both the front and the back of the body. It’s based on Chinese traditional medicine, adapted to modern needs by experts from both east and west, such as Barbara Brennan and Mantak Chia.

The primary chakras are often described as wheels of energy. They’re listed below in italics, and you can read more about them in Kelly’s article above. The chakras described below are called the secondary or rear chakras. These have more of a shadow function, linked to the subtle energy body.

– First / Root / Base / Perineal Chakra (red)

Pubic/Genital Chakra (earthy red): Locus of the genitals, whether male or female. The function of this one should be pretty obvious, but don’t assume it’s purely physical. Action attracts emotion like a magnet. For some, drawing down higher energies can easily overstimulate the energy of this chakra. (This may be why some traditional religions have such strict rules about sexuality.) For whatever reason, this chakra is catnip for many spiritual seekers, and must be confronted sooner or later. Like any other chakra, this one may be overactive, underactive, or well-balanced, with predictable results.

Coccygeal Chakra (dark, rusty red): This earth-centered chakra is located at the end of the tailbone. It acts like a faucet, controlling the amount of physical energy expended. It’s closely related to the perineal (root) chakra, but focused less on the physical plane and more on other aspects of the subtle body and personality. An extrovert will tend to have this chakra strongly developed, whereas an introvert not so much. If the coccygeal chakra is overactive, one may come across as mentally blunt, unable to grasp subtle ideas and distinctions. If the chakra is underactive, the person may be weak and get sick a lot. When it is open and balanced, you feel strong, able to live in the present moment.

–  Second / Sacral Chakra (Orange)

Navel / Spleen Chakra / Shen Ch’ue (Orange): An emotional center and reservoir of energy. This alchemical center can refract universal energy into the body or send human energy out into the cosmos. We’re talking about inspiration and creativity at their most basic level, and “As above, so below” is the governing law. People with an overactive navel chakra may be overemotional and have difficulty thinking rationally, whereas people with a poor expression of this chakra may be sullen, picky, and prone to emotional outbursts. But if this chakra is open and balanced, you’ll feel emotionally balanced and well “put together.”

Sea of Chi (Golden yellow) chakra is three finger widths below the navel, acting as a mixing place and reservoir of white light. It supports the intestines and urinary tract, and brings vitality and supporting growth of the higher functions. When this chakra is overactive, life may consist of little more than pleasure seeking and self-gratification; if it’s underactive, an outwardly productive life may feel drab and joyless. When this chakra functions well, you have a strong will to live, and you’re able to focus on the present moment.

Door of Life Chakra (yellow to orange): Located near the kidneys, behind the navel. A circuit of energy runs between this chakra and the heart chakra, regulating the flow of prenatal energy through the body. (Yes, that’s energy you inherited from your loving ancestors at the time you were born.) Someone with an overactive door of life chakra may be pushy, always needing to get their way, while someone with a weakness in this chakra may be insecure and even suffer panic attacks. When it is functioning well, you feel gentle but decisive, with a clear sense of purpose.

– Third / Solar Plexus / Power / Manipura Chakra (Yellow)

Adrenal/diaphragm chakra: Located opposite the solar plexus, this chakra helps regulate the blood and the body’s use of minerals, as well as the instincts that help us react quickly in emergencies. It helps us manifest our intentions in areas of health. Someone with this chakra overactive may constantly feel threatened, whereas if the chakra is underactive the person may be apathetic. When this chakra works well, you feel accepting of your place in the universe.

– Fourth Heart / Anahata Chakra (Green or Pink)

Shoulder blades Chakra (Green, pink, white). This chakra sits opposite the heart chakra, between the shoulder blades. It governs the will, and works closely with the heart chakra to promote satisfaction. When this chakra is overactive, the person is prone to acting without forethought. If it’s underacting, the person may constantly second-guess their instincts, viewing everyone and everything as a potential enemy. When the chakra works in a balanced way, you have a strong feeling of freedom and purpose, an instinct to align your purpose with the highest good, and a sense of unity with mankind and the universe.

Higher Heart / Ascending Heart / Thymus Chakra (Teal or white light). Mystics across a spectrum of spiritual traditions have identified this chakra, which sits midway between the heart and throat chakras, as the source of spiritual longing. Another name for it is the “soul seat.” Intention starts here, opening the door to higher consciousness. Life is full of purpose and spiritual meaning. A person who puts too much emphasis on this chakra may have their head in the clouds and not function well in the mundane world. Someone who is weak in this area may reject anything intuitive, spiritual, or even emotional, insisting on “just the facts.” When the higher heart is strong and balanced, you feel a loving urge to connect with the divine and with other people.

Base of Throat / Base of Neck Chakra (Turquoise) is a little like a highway interchange, connecting energies of the hands, arms, and legs with the center of the body, as well as lower with upper chakras. A weakness here may show up as a blockage, perhaps stemming from poor self-esteem. When this chakra is working right, a strong sense of self-worth helps you relate well to others.

Back of Neck Chakra (Silvery blue) is very similar to the one above, except for the location, which is at the center of the back of the neck. Its association is therefore somewhat more in line with the subtle body than with the physical. Both have strong associations with the throat chakra as well, and imbalances will be similar.

– Fifth / Throat chakra (light blue)

Talu / Lalana / Heavenly Pool Chakra is located on the roof of the mouth, about as far back as you’re able to touch with the tip of your tongue. Some devotees experience this chakra in a mystically sensual way, perhaps as cascading moonlight that leaves a taste of nectar in the mouth. It’s considered a very feminine and mysterious chakra, a center for feminine magic, and a doorway between rising chi energy to the higher chakras. If overdeveloped, one may have trouble tearing oneself away from this chakra and its delights. If underdeveloped, life may be devoid of sensuality and happiness. Correctly developed, this chakra helps you stand at the gateway to the universe, ready for further evolution.

Zeal Point / Mouth of God / Jade Pillow (Jade green or medium blue) is where the back of the neck meets the skull. If you touch this area, you’ll feel a little indentation. Here is where the individual connects with the cosmic “Om,” or as some say “Logos” (the word of God). This chakra also opens a path for spiritual awakening through control of the breath. Some also recommend using a double-terminated quartz point to invigorate this chakra. However it’s done, activating this chakra aids in the development of psychic skills. When overdeveloped, a person may overfocus on their spiritual side, and even seem a little bit crazy. (We’ve all known a religious nut job or two, right?) Drug use can lead to serious damage in this area. On the other hand, lack of development at this chakra leads to the spirit facing limits on all sides — sort of like a claustrophobic person stuck in a small, windowless room, unable to move or grow. When the zeal point works correctly, you will feel inspired and connected with the universe, ready to develop and use your natural intuitive skills.

– Sixth / Third Eye / Brow / Ajna Chakra (Indigo or Violet)

Upper Forehead Chakra (Indigo or Violet) is connected with the third eye chakra, and here things get a little confusing; some consider the energy in this area to be part of the brow chakra, while others see a small system of chakras on the forehead in the shape of a sideways eye (Eye of Shiva). As the highest point in this shape, the upper forehead chakra connects the third eye with the crown chakra. As with the other higher chakras, overactivity can show up as an excessive focus on otherworldly things, while low activity may block spiritual insight and development. When this chakra functions well, you have an awareness of your place in the universe, and have the ability to see auras, experience astral travel, and make use of the assistance of angels and spirit guides.

Back of Head Chakra (Indigo or Violet) sits directly behind the third eye, associated with the higher functions as they interact with the physical world. It’s the seat of the highest functions of the human brain — the power to decide and create, and to make plans that manifest the will. Its power helps of function in the daily world, at the same time that the other higher chakras expand our awareness of other planes. So even though this is a very high chakra, it is, in its own way, grounding. Overdevelopment of this chakra may emphasize a “monkey mind” that’s full of work and projects, at the expense of contemplation and spiritual growth. If underdeveloped, the person will either have trouble getting anything done. They may plan obsessively, but these plans either never get carried out or result in unexpected and unwanted outcomes. When the back of head chakra operates well, you are able to manifest your intentions for the higher good of all.

– Seventh / Crown / Sahasrara Chakra (Violet, Golden, or Clear White)

 


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Chakra Correspondences

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by Kelly Lingen

(illustration: Tapestry based on the artwork of Paul Heussenstamm)

People are becoming increasingly familiar with the term “chakra,” but what does the word “chakra” actually mean? Simply put, a chakra is an energetic wheel in your body. There are seven main chakras, each a spiritual center that connects to all parts of the body – emotional, mental, and physical, in addition to the spiritual. Translated from Sanskrit, the word “chakra” literally means “disc” or “wheel.”

If you’re somewhat acquainted with the chakra centers in the body, you’ve probably wondered about the different ways you can open and balance them. How do you keep your energetic wheels healthy? There are actually several different ways to keep your chakras on the up and up, and most of them are simple and inexpensive. You can easily incorporate any or all of the following into your daily routine for optimum chakra health!

Color

Color is perhaps the most common association with the chakras, and the great thing about it is it couldn’t be easier to use. You can utilize color by wearing it (clothing and jewelry), surrounding yourself with color in your home or office decor, using colored lights and candles, eating a variety of colorful foods (I’m not talking Skittles here – more along the lines of a colorful salad!), working with different colored crystals, incorporating certain colors into your creative projects or artwork, and so much more.

Crystals

As I mentioned with color, crystals are excellent helpers when it comes to opening, balancing, aligning or healing chakras. Just choose a crystal or stone of the color you would like to work with, and then put it to work by carrying it, wearing it in jewelry, placing it in your space (or in a crystal grid), making a crystal elixir or vibrational spray, or laying the crystal directly on the affected chakra.

Oils

Essential oils can be extremely beneficial for your chakras, and they’re easy to use! Diffuse oil throughout your home or office, substitute it for your favorite perfume or cologne, add it to your bath water, or simply apply a drop or two to the area surrounding the chakra you’re working on.

*Please use caution when applying essential oils directly on the body. It’s recommended that you use a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil with certain essential oils – especially if you have sensitive skin.

Elementals

Yep, that’s what I said! Elementals or nature spirits such as fairies, mermaids, gnomes, elves, salamanders, sylphs, and more can be called upon for chakra healing. Each chakra center corresponds to an element (or more than one), and you can kindly ask specific elementals to assist you if you’re in need of some healing. How do you go about doing this? You can draw on elemental energy by creating a small alter or space (in or outdoors) to honor a particular element, make time to go out in nature specifically for healing, or just by observing a particular element in action. For example, visit a lake or stream if you’d like to call on water elementals such as mermaids, naiads, or undines. *Please note that elementals love to help those who are mutually helpful to them, so if you ask for their guidance or assistance, do something nice for them in return. They love to help those who keep the environment clean and anyone who is kind to animals.  

Now that you’re more familiar with some ways to work with your chakras, here are some correspondences to get you started:

Root Chakra
Sanskrit Name: Muladhara
Color: Red
Crystals: Red Jasper, Garnet, Bloodstone
Oils: Frankincense, Myrrh, Sandalwood
Element: Earth
Elementals: Elves, Gnomes, Brownies, Tree Spirits

Sacral Chakra
Sanskrit Name: Svadisthana
Color: Orange
Crystals: Carnelian, Orange Calcite
Oils: Orange, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang
Element: Water
Elementals: Mermaids, Naiads, Selkies, Undines

Solar Plexus Chakra
Sanskrit Name: Manipura
Color: Yellow
Crystals: Citrine, Golden Tiger’s Eye, Yellow Jasper
Oils: Bergamot, Clary Sage, Lemon
Element: Fire
Elementals: Salamanders, Djinn

Heart Chakra
Sanskrit Name: Anahata
Color: Green or Pink
Crystals: Watermelon Tourmaline, Green Aventurine, Rose Quartz
Oils: Rose, Melissa, Neroli
Element: Air
Elementals: Sylphs, Flower Fairies

Throat Chakra
Sanskrit Name: Visuddha
Color: Light Blue
Crystals: Blue Lace Agate, Blue Chalcedony, Blue Quartz, Blue Calcite
Oils: Geranium, Lavender, Sage
Element: Ether
Elementals: All

Third Eye Chakra
Sanskrit Name: Ajna
Color: Indigo
Crystals: Lapis Lazuli, Sodalite
Oils: Clary Sage, Palo Santo, Jasmine
Element: All
Elementals: All, but Air Elementals such as Sylphs and Fairies can be especially beneficial

Crown Chakra
Sanskrit Name: Sahasrara
Color: Violet
Crystals: Amethyst, Sugilite, Apophyllite, Clear Quartz
Oils: Helichrysum, Frankincense, Rose, Lotus
Element: All
Elementals: All


Kelly has recently studied under Doreen Virtue to become a certified Fairyologist. In addition to her love for the nature angels, she also loves the mineral kingdom! Kelly is a Master Crystologist, having completed Melody’s Levels I & II Laying on of Hands, Laying on of Stones workshops, as well as studying under Certified Crystal Healer Ashley Leavy and DaEl Walker. Her knowledge of healing crystals and stones combined with her love for the fairy realm creates a reading experience unlike any other. She works and gives fairy readings at Mimosa, and is the creator of Lingen Oracles.


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Leo, the Sun & Current Transits for August, 2016

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By Barry Kerr

The Sun moved into Leo on July 22.

Nearly everyone knows their Sun sign, because the Sun, in astrology, represents the core of your ego’s sense of self. Your soul shines it’s light through the prism of your Sun sign, giving specific, dominant qualities to your personality. Other planets, in other signs in your chart, give a richer and more nuanced texture to your personality, but the Sun, as it does in the solar system, provides the light and warmth of your human being.

Through the first four signs of the zodiac, the soul having established itself in human form as an ego, evolves into the sign of Leo, ruled by the Sun. It is here that the soul, as a unique and divine ray of the one light of creator, makes use of the ego to express the essence of that light into the physical realm through creative passion, playful competition, and radiant love.

Which sign and house your Sun falls in your birth chart will describe how you radiate your soul’s unique light. For example, a Sun in Gemini in 11th house can shine as an intellectual wit, orator and communicator within groups and among friends. A Sun in Scorpio in the 6th house may bring brilliance to serving others in emotionally supportive and intimate ways. Just how well these personalities express the highest potentials of their qualities depends on the level of wholeness and consciousness one has developed thus far in the soul’s journey. If one’s Taurus/2nd house experiences have left a void in the area of self-worth or material security, one’s Sun expression might be cut short, repressed, and/or distorted by needs of the shadow wound.

Typically, we all have a unique blend of shadow/wound backgrounds that hamper the fullness of our light’s expression. This becomes the stuff of what is termed our “healing work”. Among our goals as spiritual beings choosing to incarnate as humans again and again, is to develop, as humans, enough wholistic consciousness to allow our soul to flow through our human egos without distortion or blockage. It is in this way, that in the long run, we are able to shine our lights into this world, with full brilliance as the powerful stars that we are. This is what fuels our creation of heaven on earth.

It is in the next sign, Virgo that we will learn to receive feedback and develop discernment, necessary for mastery in this endeavor.

Current Transits

The New Moon is on August 2 in Leo.

New Moons are beginnings. In Leo, this New Moon invites us to embrace our majesty as a child of the one creator, to be a co-creator of this world. What is your unique expression? How do you radiate agape love and joy? By becoming the fullness of your personality’s potential, you are a hand of God, so to speak. The trick is to do it in alignment with your soul’s wisdom.

Neptune is quincuxing this New Moon, urging you to trust your heart’s feeling intuition, even in the face of the unknown. With Venus also in Leo, love will inform your creative expressions and give you courage. Mars, having just entered Sagittarius, conjoining Saturn and trining the New Moon, will lend wisdom and purpose to your actions. So, if you get an inspired idea during this New Moon, trust it deeply and commit.

Saturn has been retrograding since March 25 and now turns direct onAugust 13. Since it also remains in square with Neptune into September, it is time to take what you’ve learned about your beliefs over the past four months, perhaps involving some disillusionment, and incorporate it into this next cycle of creating your heart’s desires. Devotion and discipline are key factors.

Discernments will come as Mercury in Virgo squares this Saturn/Neptune alliance August 6-7, focusing awareness on your beliefs regarding service versus servitude. When Venus in Virgo squares that same duo on August 13-14, the invitation will be to gently relax your inner critic and follow your joy and playfulness instead of your fear.

Full Moon Aug 2016

The Full Moon is on August 18 in Aquarius.

A Full Moon casts light on the shadows of the sign polarities. Leo, in shadow, is domineering and unaware of the needs of others. The Aquarius shadow is unaware that changing the world begins with self. Again, opening your heart to your soul’s warm radiant light, through joy and gratitude, dissolves the shadows and is the doorway, for us all, to creating a more beautiful future, personally, and for the world.


Barry Kerr, a soul-based, evolutionary astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed therapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15-minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information or email Barry at [email protected]

Beyond the Chakras

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by Jeremy Anacker

(llustration: Sree Chakra by Rajithsiji, via Wikimedia Commons)

When one feels the call to have a direct experience of their spiritual self there is a seeking process that very often begins with the study of the seven main chakras. This can be done without even knowing about the infinitely rich and dynamic energy self which these chakras exist  within. Contemplate that you are witnessing a vast lake with seven whirlpools of energy. Can you imagine contemplating the flow of water through the whole lake rather than just these seven selected areas of whirling water?

In this metaphor the whole energy self finds its natural state of circulation, buoyancy and beauty when there are no interruptions. To me the essential first step to discovering one’s own true energetic nature begins with your thinking. Well rehearsed thought patterns create energy patterns. Humans learn things during childhood and into adulthood from their families and their community that can create interruptions in this overall state of vitality, beauty and potential power.

The most obvious unhelpful thought patterns are those that create shame, guilt, fear, hate and resentment. Any well practiced belief that one is unworthy or small in some way creates darkness in the energy field which can manifest in so many places to include the chakras and then consequently cause an interruption in the overall natural state. Perhaps it is most important to know that unhelpful or darker energy patterns begin to manifest on the more subtle areas of one’s energetic field and eventually strengthen and take root in areas that are closer to the body. This is detected as a lack of ease or ‘dis-ease’ and yes, this can be the ancestor to a physical disease manifesting in the body. One’s overall attitude sets the tone for the state of the energy field. If one is consistently dedicated to being intimately conscious of their own energy field and refrains from using unhelpful mindsets, the benefits begin to show in the field. There are also countless books written about the beneficial effects of thought on the body. I often think of how the brain has available a warehouse of chemicals that can create benefits of feeling and vitality in the body.

When one is moving towards spiritual awakening the thought that initially gets challenged is the understanding that you are only a physical body. In order to move forward you have to have some willingness to put this thought aside so that room is made for other considerations. On the journey you are likely to run into the vast array of powerful affirmative thought material that emphasizes repeating statements to yourself such as, “I am a radiant and magnificent spiritual being” or “Divine love flows from the core of my being.” These are definitely empowering beliefs that create an uplifting energy reality throughout the aura and into the environment spreading to other individuals around you.

As one explores this material on an intellectual level, various practices are often recommended such as self applied energy techniques, Reiki, acupressure or tapping of the meridians. One’s journey is enhanced dramatically when one goes to a class or finds a mentor who is at-least a little farther along on the journey. As an individual that has been working on giving feedback on energy fields for over 25 years, I have experienced the increase of flow and harmony in individual energy fields countless times.  I am always thrilled to see how dynamic the natural state is after it gets running, which usually comes about in a personal energy session or a group energy dynamic.

I highly recommend trying an energy session with someone who is dedicated to a truly holistic picture of you as an integral and fully energetic being, where challenges to thinking patterns and a clear invite to the realization of the spirit are foremost.


Jeremy Anacker is a Reiki Master, Aura Seer, Channeler and Group facilitator of over 25 years. His work began at 18 years old in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he fully developed his lifelong intuitive abilities and became a co-founder for a non-profit specialty school for transformational learning. On the journey to feeling more familiar with this experiential material you are also invited to try a free introductory class on the nature of the energy field and aura seeing which runs on Saturday, August 6 @ 6pm or contact Jeremy for an energy feedback session. See more info on his ‘Affinity Group’ Meetup page at: http://www.meetup.com/Affinity-Group/events/232140171/


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Aromatherapy Recipe for July: Geranium

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By Christina Wilke-Burbach PhD, RMT, CA

The intuitive essential oil for the month of July is Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens). Geranium has very feminine energy and is nurturing and comforting. It is cooling, sedating, relaxing, balancing, and is fabulous for anxiety, stress, nervousness, and tension.  I associate it with the Solar Plexus Chakra as it may regulate the adrenal glands and clear excess heat. I feel it is empowering, boosts confidence and self-esteem, and resonates with Solar Plexus themes and functions. It can be used to alleviate PMS and menopausal symptoms and regulate the reproductive system, making it a must have women’s oil. It can also be used as an insect repellant during this hot summer month.

My Geranium forecast for July 2016: The message I have received from the universe loud and clear for this month is to connect to goddess energy and the divine feminine. Regardless if you are male or female, focus on self-care and nurturing yourself this month, whether it is getting a massage, reading a good book, taking a day off of work, or allowing yourself to sleep in. Spend some time with your mother or grandmother if you are lucky enough to still have them in your life. Take a walk in nature and revel in the beauty of Mother Earth. Connect to the moon in the sky at night and infuse that energy into your aura and energy field. For the females: meet up with your girlfriends for coffee or cocktails or focus on rekindling old female friendships or creating new ones. Wrap the goddess energy around you this month and let it embrace you.

Goddess Blend
• 3 drops Jasmine
• 2 drops Rose
• 2 drops Clary Sage
• 2 drops Geranium
• 5 drops Neroli

Combine the essential oils together in an amber bottle and slightly swirl together to create a synergy. This blend is for inhalation via a diffuser, few drops on a cotton pad or tissue, or in an aroma inhaler. As you breathe in the aroma, state the following affirmations to yourself: “I invoke the goddess within. I am beautiful, nurturing, and worthy of love.”

Aroma Readings are a divination technique using essential oils developed by Dr. Christina Wilke-Burbach, a Holistic Health Psychologist, Certified Aromatherapist, Herbalist, and Reiki Master Teacher.  She offers individual Aroma Readings and spreads as well as teaches Aroma Readings in her level 2 ‘Holistic Healing with Aromatherapy’ certification series. Interested in learning more about herbs, aromatherapy and essential oils? Christina offers face to face and online aromatherapy and herbs classes and certifications. The next level 1 Holistic Healing with Aromatherapy series starts September 10, 2016 in Sheboygan WI area (north of Milwaukee). Visit Mind, Soul, and Self LLC for more info: https://mindsoulandself.com/

Favorite Oracle Decks

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Prepared by Mimosa’s Staff and In-House Psychics

Crystal Wisdom Healing Oracle, by Judy Hall

Reviewed by Mimosa owner Ashley Leavy

Crystal Wisdom Oracle The Crystal Wisdom Oracle by Judy Hall has been updated and is now known as the Crystal Wisdom Healing Oracle – it now comes in a black box with 50 cards instead of the blue box version of 40 cards like I have). Even though this deck is relatively new, it has become one of my favorites. I really like the simplicity of the cards (and the stunning photography of the stones!), but the included booklet is really what makes this deck worthwhile. You could easily use this deck almost like flash cards to learn the properties of the featured stones, but there’s also some AWESOME information about how EXACTLY to use the deck. Judy also groups the crystals into different sections depending on their energy/vibrational type (which is really different and helps you see similarities between different crystals in the same group). I LOVE this deck.

The Faeries’ Oracle by Brian Froud and Jessica Macbeth

The Heart of the Faery Oracle by Brian Froud and Wendy Froud

Reviewed by House Psychic Mari Powers

These two oracle decks from illustrator Brian Froud, one engendered from another, are at the top of my list for others to buy and learn. I personally rarely do more than a three card reading in these decks, unless it will be a part of a six or seven card reading within the context of a ritual journey. For an individual reading, one or two cards is enough. Other Oracle Decks I use may be for one spirit question, a totem animal for the situation, or an answer from an oracle deck that is multicultural or seasonal. I like there Froud Faery Oracle decks, for the long view, suggesting deep transformational work. They can lead as various rituals guides, as well. Fairies' Oracle
I also like The Faerie’s Oracle and the Heart of the Faery Oracle cards for the lovely complex art, the insight, the complexity, the honesty and the way the Fae are portrayed, first and foremost, as of a part of nature and the divine. They are guides, teachers and mirrors, and most like some glimpses of the Fae I have seen, in nature.
Of course, both Tarot and Oracle cards are pictorial books of knowledge and wisdom. Tarot is very old and Oracles decks much newer, yet stories and images of the Faery Realms are older than either. Brian, his family, friends and followers have enriched the world with images and insights that have inspired me. Each deck comes with a lovely hardcover illustrated book, some personal notes, and sample layouts and questions. The second one also contains an interview with Brian and Wendy Froud.
Heart of Faerie Oracle

The Enchanted Map Oracle, by Colette Baron-Reid

Unicorn Cards, by Diana Cooper

Reviewed by Mimosa Assistant Manager Kelly Lingen

Enchanted Map Oracle I have always been completely bonkers for oracle and tarot decks alike, but I have a special affinity for oracle cards in general. One of my most favorite decks is The Enchanted Map by Colette Baron-Reid. This deck features 54 full-color cards plus a nice little guidebook with detailed descriptions for each of the cards and an explanation on how to use them (perfect if you’ve never used oracle cards before). What first attracted me to this deck was the artwork on the box. And quite honestly, that’s just a teaser. The artwork is fantastic (the artist is Jena DellaGrottaglia), and each of the images takes you to a whole different place. Somewhere that’s seems familiar, a place you’ve been but you don’t know where or when. At first glance alone, many of the cards in this deck elicited emotional responses from me – they were easy for me to connect with right away. Readers of all levels can work with this deck, and while the interpretations in the guidebook are both meaningful and helpful, I firmly believe that you can work with these cards using your intuition alone if desired. The Enchanted Map acts as a magical compass of sorts that can help you navigate through anything from minor challenges to serious circumstances. I can’t recommend this deck enough – it’s a gem!
Unicorn Oracle Another deck that I absolutely love is the Unicorn Cards by Diana Cooper. This deck contains 44 cards and a small guidebook. The cards are beautifully illustrated with plenty of detail, but still manage to maintain a sort of simplicity about them that I really appreciate. Each card has a number and a word or two (or a name, for example “Archangel Uriel”) at the top, and then a brief message just below the image. These cards are very easy to use and interpret because the combination of the images and the words send very clear messages. Unicorns are incredibly powerful guides, and in my opinion they are truly underrated. Diana Cooper’s deck really pays homage to these amazing creatures, and I love that she does it in a serious, beautiful way – there are no cutesy cartoon-like unicorns here. The magnificent unicorns depicted on these cards will inspire you to heal, let go of that which no longer serves your highest good, and transform your life in positive ways if you choose to work with them!

Children’s Spirit Animal Deck, by Stephen Farmer

Reviewed by Mimosa Assistant Manager Cathy Douglas

If you use divination cards yourself and have a child who’s always looking over your shoulder, the Children’s Spirit Animal Deck by Stephen Farmer could be a nice way to share your interest. It would probably be most appealing to kids between 5 and 12, and is designed to appeal to both boys and girls of whatever belief system. (Unlike some other kids’ decks I’ve seen, which may sometimes be preachy and not very boy-friendly.) The illustrations here are very appealing, and include more or less the animals you would expect: big, handsome mammals, though there are a couple birds and insects as well. Some cards show both an adult animal and its baby, which is a nice touch. Each of the big, sturdy cards features an animal in its environment, with its name and a short message are also printed on the card. The accompanying guidebook gets into more detail. The first half of the guidebook is aimed at the child, containing a fuller message about how to apply each animal’s wisdom in real life, along with some suggested activities. The second half of the guidebook is for parents, with suggestions about things to talk about and do with your child to support the lesson of each animal. Between the two, that’s way more activities than anyone has time to do in a day, but it makes the cards usable over a long period of time. Since there are only 24 cards, this will extend interest in the deck over a period of time. The booklet also includes a reference list of animal-related organizations. I expect most kids would use this for a card-of-the-day type reading. The child could draw a card and enjoy the illustration while an adult read the message from the handbook. While I do wish there were more cards, and more varied cards, this is the best deck I’ve found that’s designed specifically for children. Children's Animal Spirit Deck

Vintage Wisdom Oracle, by Victoria Mosely

Language of Letting Go Deck, by Melodie Beattie

Crystal Grid Oracle Cards, by Ashley Leavy

Reviewed by House Psychic Ronna Trapanese

As a reader here at Mimosa I don’t need cards to do a reading, though they are a useful tool to solidify something the client and I already discussed. The message becomes clear when synchronicity ensues and the person picks exactly what they needed to have brought to the surface.

Vintage Wisdom Oracle Vintage Wisdom Oracle by Victoria Moseley: I am a visual person, I adore the multi-faceted vintage iconic images. The accompanying book keeps me coming back to this deck. It pulls no punches, gets to the point in a well written organic flow. Synchronicity ensues and eye candy and knowledge blend well.
Language of Letting Go Oracle Language of Letting Go Deck, by Melodie Beattie: These cards help us to embrace our shadow sides, the places that are stuck, allowing us to point to what needs to happen instead of forcing outcomes. The graphics are great on both sides; there are messages to be found in the artwork along with full explanation with well written advice. There’s no book for this one, since the cards themselves are self-explanatory.
Crystal Grid Oracle Cards.jpg Crystal Grid Oracle Cards, by Ashley Leavy: I am a strong believer in crystals for my own sanity, protection and health. It would take a lifetime or two to learn all Ashley Leav knows about crystals, so it’s nice to have this helpful aid. Each card has a central word surrounded by a crystal grid pertaining to the affirming word. Below it lists the names of the crystals depicted on the grid. What a helpful aid to either build a grid, select a crystal to wear or put in your pocket. I believe holding this card alone connects with your crystal friends to assist in your healing intentions.

 


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A Tarot Reader’s Favorite Oracle Decks

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by Mari Powers

The Faerie’s Oracle by Brian Froud and Jessica Macbeth

The Heart of the Faery Oracle by Brian Froud and Wendy Froud

In most of my work with card reading I stick to Tarot Cards that have a set number of suits (5), the Major and Minor Arcana, traditional numerology, astrology and elemental correspondences. This allows the person for whom I am doing the reading to look up more meanings, whatever deck they choose, after the reading.

That does not mean I can’t read Oracle decks. There are several I really like, yet at the top of my list are two where the illustrator is Brian Froud. These have evolved from his Good Faeries and Bad Faeries book, and some echo some of the images  created in the Dark Crystal and The Labyrinth movies, where he was a primary creator of the graphic art. I am actually moving into my own style of reading with these, leading meditation and ritual using both decks together.

I do not use Oracle decks for regular readings unless explicitly asked to ahead of time. If the Oracle deck is very, very good, you need fewer cards to answer deeper questions. If they are not good, they (to me) seem to utter a general platitude, and to have less intense and more primarily Eurocentric  graphic images. I don’t mix Tarot cards and Oracle cards as a regular offering at Mimosa, because the layouts, depth of questions and answers might be quite different. I do use Oracle cards if requested, and like to use Oracle Cards in ritual as guides in a journey or as a one card give-aways for divination at different times of the year.

So back to Brian Froud Faerie Oracle decks; I read have used and own a few others that I like, and have looked at quite a few other Oracle Decks that I did not buy. These two, with illustrator Brian Froud, one engendered from another, are at the top of my list to others to buy and learn. I personally rarely do more than a three card reading in these decks, unless it will be a part of a six or seven card reading within the context of a ritual journey. For an individual reading, one or two cards is enough.

Other Oracle Decks I use may be for one spirit question, a totem animal for the situation, or an answer from an oracle deck that is multicultural or seasonal. I like there Froud Faery Oracle decks, for the long view, suggesting deep transformational work and for the lovely complex art. They can lead as various rituals guides, as well. I also like The Faerie’s Oracle and the Heart of the Faery Oracle cards for the art, the insight, the complexity, the honesty and the way the Fae are portrayed, first and foremost, as of a part of nature and the divine. They are guides, teachers and mirrors, and most like some glimpses of the Fae I have seen, in nature.

Of course, both Tarot and Oracle cards are pictorial books of knowledge and wisdom. Tarot is very old and Oracles decks much newer, yet stories and images of the Faery Realms are older than either. Brian, his family, friends and followers have enriched the world with images and insights that have inspired me.

Each deck comes with a lovely hardcover illustrated books, some personal notes, an interview in the second one with Brian and Wendy Froud and sample layouts and questions. The official website is www.worldoffroud.com. You can start your explorations there.

 


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