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“Dowsing for Beginners – Some Helpful Tips for Successful Dowsing” by Kelly Lingen

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Although the art of dowsing has been in practice for ages, there are many people who have never even heard of it. Many of Mimosa’s customers are familiar with pendulums, but it’s still not uncommon for a curious shopper to approach the counter every once in a while with one in hand asking, “What’s this for?” crystalpe

Pendulums have been in use for thousands of years, and for all sorts of reasons. Giving the dowser a “yes” or “no,” a positive or negative, by way of a simple swinging motion – pendulums are frequently used to locate lost objects, to uncover hidden health issues, to select homeopathic medicinal treatments, to indicate whether or not food is spoiled, to get an answer to a pressing question, to make a decision, to open and balance the chakras, and for a variety of other reasons too numerable to count.

While there are many theories about how dowsing works, the truth is that this form of divination will always remain somewhat of a mystery. Dowsing has been widely studied and many conclusions have been formed on how it works. Some people believe that dowsing produces answers straight from the Divine. Others believe that pendulums and dowsing rods pick up on the energies of the situations or objects in question in order to reveal answers. The theory that is generally accepted by most people, though, is that pendulums are tools used to unearth information hidden deep within our subconscious minds in order to transmit it to conscious awareness. Simply put, many of the answers we seek we already know at the subconscious level. The pendulum brings that wisdom to light so that it may be used for our own greater good.

How can I start to use a pendulum to dowse, you might ask? Well, whether you are just beginning to work with a pendulum or you’re a seasoned dowser, you might find that the following tips will make your future dowsing experiences more successful ones.

Tip #1: Choose a Pendulum that “Fits” You

Pendulums come in all sorts of styles and varieties, so it’s important that you take your time in selecting the right one for you. You can make your own pendulum simply by tying a small item such as a paperclip, bead, crystal, or other found object onto the end of a string or a strand of beads. You can also purchase a pendulum. Just check out the nearest new age store (hint hint: Mimosa is a great place to find the perfect pendulum!) where you’re sure to find a large variety to choose from. While shopping for a pendulum, pay attention to what “speaks to you.” If you find that you’re drawn to a particular gemstone, color, or style – just go with it. Test them out and narrow down your choices by considering the way each one feels when you hold it in your hand.

Tip #2: Always Use Your Dominant Hand

This may seem like an obvious one, but if you’ve never held a pendulum before – you might not know to do this! Some pendulums have a small ring, loop, bead, at the end of the chain or string for you to grasp between your fingers, others may not. If there is a small object for you to hold on to, gently pinch it between your pointer finger and your thumb on your dominant hand – that is, the hand that you generally use most often. If this doesn’t feel comfortable for you, you don’t have to grasp the object. Instead, slide your pointer and finger down the chain or string approximately ½” and let the ring or object that you were holding just rest on your finger. Your grip should be relaxed, and the pendulum suspended at the other end of the chain or string should hang without tension.

Tip #3: Learn How to Read the Swings

When dowsing with a pendulum, a clockwise motion typically indicates a “yes” or a positive answer. Counter-clockwise generally indicates a “no” or a negative answer. In some cases, your pendulum may not move in an obvious circular pattern – and that’s okay. Subtle motions can also be interpreted. An up and down motion is generally considered affirmative while a side to side swing is usually translated as negative.

Tip #4: Clear, Ground, and Center Yourself

Before you start playing with your new pendulum friend, be sure to take a few minutes to clear, ground, and center yourself. Turn off your cell phone and find a quiet place to play with your pendulum free from distractions. You can use whatever methods of clearing, grounding, and centering that you prefer – but whatever you do, don’t neglect to incorporate these important steps into your dowsing routine. (If you would like ideas, the same methods used for cleansing crystals work for pendulums. See Cleansing Crystals.)

Tip #5: Start with Basic Questions

When you first start working with a pendulum, you might be in a hurry to dive into the “deep end of the pool,” so to speak. Avoid doing this if at all possible and just keep it light while you’re learning. You may want to begin by asking questions that you’re conscious mind already knows the answers to. Suspend your pendulum over a “test” object such as a coin and ask, “Is this object a key? Follow that question with one that you know to be true, “Is this object a coin?” Keep experimenting with your pendulum until you start to feel more comfortable with it. Once you start to feel like you’ve got the hang of it (no pun intended!), you can move on to more serious queries.

Tip #6: Practice Makes Perfect

If you really want to master the art of dowsing, spend time working with your pendulum every day. Even the busiest of schedules can spare a few minutes each day for a little practice. Carry your pendulum with you in a small cloth pouch while you’re out and about. You can dowse anywhere, and the time spent with your pendulum on your person will only increase the special bond that you have with it.

If you’d like to learn more about dowsing, Mimosa carries several excellent books on the subject that can serve as useful guides on the subject. Pendulum Magic for Beginners by Richard Webster and Dowsing for Answers by Wilma Davidson are two of my favorites and I highly recommend them. Mimosa also carries a fabulous selection of pendulums, and our friendly staff members are more than happy to help you select that perfect one!

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The History of Tarot Cards

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The History of Tarot Cards & Their Mysterious Origins

by Mari Powers

The word Tarot came from an Italian card game called “Tarocco” and is a French adaptation of the Italian word, which is why the final “t” is silent.

Tarot first became popular among aristocrats in Italy and France during the fourteenth century, however, many believe the origin of some or all of the early decks to be older, originating in Egypt or India, from clay tablets. Many people believe there is a correspondence with the 22 Major Arcana cards and the Judaic Tree of Life, referred to as the Cabbala.

The Major & Minor Arcana:

Arcana means “secret,” and traditional Tarot decks are divided into 22 Major Arcana cards, 40 Minor Arcana cards, and 16 “Pip,” or Court Cards (in 4 suits). The Major Arcana, have also been called Trump, Triumph, and Greater Arcana cards. In today’s common divinatory language, they are often called “Destiny” or “Spirit” cards, indicating a greater strength or meaning in a divination spread.

My belief about the Tarot, is that the major arcana depicts a person’s spiritual journey through life, and many lessons repeat themselves throughout our life. The minor arcana cards depict sign posts and tell a pictorial story of life incidents ruled by the four elements of earth, air, fire and water.

The Four Suits in Tarot:

Our modern 52 card playing deck is descended from the Minor Arcana and their four suits, plus three of the original court cards.

They break down in this way, numbered 1 through 10:

Tarot Suit Cartomancy Suit Element Realm
 Swords or Epees  Spades  Air  Mind
 Batons, Scepters, or Wands  Clubs  Fire  Energy
 Cups or Coupes  Hearts  Water  Emotion
 Coins, Deniers, or Pentacles  Diamonds  Earth  Physical

The Court Cards:

The court cards generally represent people, or archetypes (personas) in a reading. King, Queen, Cavalier, and Page became King, Queen, Knight, and Page, and then the Knight and Page merged, and became the Jacks, making the 52 regular cards used in play today. These court cards are also divided by their elemental suits. The Joker is the only remnant of the Major Arcana, and was once the 0 numbered Fool card. The Major Arcana has only survived in Tarot decks, and originally and traditionally contains 22 cards, numbered 0-21.

The Origins of Tarot Cards:

There are many books today which outline history, possible history and legends associated with the Tarot Deck, however, at the root, the origins are shrouded in mystery. At this point, we only know what we know from the 14th century on, and can only guess at true origins.

Important Historical Tarot Decks & Their Influences:

With the rise of the Golden Dawn and other ceremonial and “occult” groups, interest in the Tarot became more pronounced. The Arthur Waite deck painted by Pamela Smith was widely published. That was many people’s first deck. Aleister Crowley had Frieda Harris paint full-sized portraits of the beautiful and controversial deck they created, adding astrological symbols, and they were printed when printing presses could handle all the colors in this custom deck. The Aquarian deck followed the Waite deck fairly closely and was widely printed as well. W. B. Yeats and other members of the Gold Dawn created their own decks, though many were never published and are only recorded in books. Waite, Crowley and Yeats were all members of the Golden Dawn. The Waite deck (1910) shows mystical Christian influence, Yeats deck was more “Pagan”, and combined Eastern and Western mysticism, and Crowley’s deck was boldly “Pagan”, drawing influences from Egyptian, East Indian and astrological symbols. Another member of the Golden Dawn named John Q. Dequier, created a Major Arcana only deck that used an Egyptian motif.

Today we have thousands of decks printed, including some of the oldest ones, like the Marseille deck from the end of the 15th century, and a deck created by Antoine Court de Gebelin who used also Egyptian symbols on his cards. He was a French archeologist from the late 1700’s who believed the cards originated from there. For further historical reading, see your local library.

Tarot as a Divinatory Tool:

For me, Tarot reading is not a game, but a combination of art and science, with a healthy dose of the channeling information from the invisible universe triggered by imagery, numerology, astrology, traditional, and sometimes not so traditional meanings of the cards.

The Modern Evolution of Tarot Cards:

Each deck has its own flavor for each card, and some do not conform strictly with the 72 card system. Names of cards have changed, art forms have evolved, artists have channeled additional and unique meanings for the cars in some decks. It seems that the suits, some of the most basic symbols, and numerology are the only elements that my cards share. However, additional cards and new names for traditional cards just add spice to readings and allows for more messages and choices for those being read. When a deck uses astrological symbols or runes, it is a bonus for those of us who know astrology or runes.

Tarot as an Intuitive Art:

Much of how I read is based on a lifetime of study, however, I only got really good at reading when I learned to “channel”. In my case, this means listening to my inner voices and dropping my ego in order to “hear”, “sense”, and “see” what the cards mean in specific placements. Sometimes a particular symbol will jump out in importance. Also, looking at the “big picture” is critical, i.e., the number of Trump cards, or an abundance of a certain element or a repeated number in a spread.

I have also learned that I prefer to never have a person tell me the question they have until after the reading, so I am not biased in what I see or say. I allow the person I am reading for select the layout best suited to their question or concern, and the deck that most calls to them.

My Tarot reading is an art, a science, and a mystery revealed for both of us.

I have reflected this philosophy in the name of my Tarot reading business, which is “Messages from the Invisible Universe”.

Master Tarot and Oracle card reader Mari Powers helps you find guidance from the invisible universe. She has been offering tarot classes since 1980 and has been performing readings for over 30 years. In addition, she is an ordained minister for Circle Sanctuary. Mari is also a Reiki II Initiate and a master in guided meditation. She is a minister, teacher, and a guide and has been giving readings at Mimosa for over a decade. Mari Powers has been our in-house psychic tarot reader here at Mimosa for many years.

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