Whichever holidays you celebrate during the winter months, you probably have particular traditions that make your holidays special. They may be family traditions, cultural traditions or religious traditions. Your traditions may be based on geography. Here in Florida, for instance, many people hold special Christmas barbeque parties. Up north folks don't usually associate barbeque with Christmas!
Our holiday traditions are important to us. Sometimes they unite us as family or community. Sometimes they commemorate history. Always they mark the passage of time. Our holiday traditions are a way of both establishing and preserving identity.
It's fun to learn about the traditions of others, and to share our traditions with our friends. The important part is not about what we each believe, or how we commemorate our holidays. What is important is that for so many of us now is the time of celebration!
Christiana's Holiday Open House Tradition
Over the past eighteen years many of you have had a chance to attend or volunteer for one of my Holiday Open House events.
Last year's Open House at the Harvey Building in West Palm Beach was the biggest ever, featuring twenty-two readers and healers offering services to countless numbers of guests. Together, we raised 600 pounds of food.
In the past eighteen or so years there have only been two years that I have not held at least one Open House during the holiday season. The first was in 2007 as we were preparing to make our move from the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania to South Florida. The second will be this year.
Our move from Palm Beach County to our fixer-upper tiny home in Broward County has been quite involved. We have learned a lot about plumbing and electricity, and we have spent more time in Home Depot and Lowes than we could have ever thought possible.
The joy of living in a tiny home that we are essentially constructing with our own hands is immense.
It takes a lot of planning and preparation to create an Open House event, and so we look forward to starting planning Holiday Open House 2013 early in the New Year.
The Holiday Open House began in the early 1990's with a simple idea. I took a small hotel conference room for an afternoon right before Christmas and invited people to come in for free readings.
When we moved to a large house in Putnam, CT I had my first official reading room. We held the Open House there and my young children served as hosts.
When I opened my first business location in Putnam I invited other readers and healers to join me, and we asked attendees to bring toys to donate for the less fortunate children in our community.
When I started Tarot Circle in 2000 the Open House became a Tarot Circle event.
Over the years I held the Open House in Plainfield, New London and Niantic, CT and in Mount Pocono and Swiftwater, PA before moving to South Florida and holding it three years in a row in West Palm Beach.
We began collecting food instead of toys simply because the need for food during the holidays is so great.
I have been honored to have so many volunteers at the various Open House events. In Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Florida I have been blessed to know many gifted metaphysical practitioners, as well kind people who have been willing to act as hosts and helpers.
For all of my volunteers in South Florida, be sure that I will call on you to help out in 2013!
For all of you everywhere - please remember those less fortunate than you this holiday season, and make a donation of food, toys or cash with your local relief agency.
I appreciate all of you who have made the Open House tradition so special, and I look forward to continuing it next year.
Your Weekly One-Card Reading
Your one-card reading for the week is the Six of Pentacles. The Six of Pentacles is about giving and receiving. It can refer to an act or attitude of charity. It might suggest that you are successful enough to share with others. It can remind you that if you are in need there will be others who will be able to help you.
Usually, the image in this card features a scale. This is to remind us it is important to give to others, but only to the extent to which we are able. It is to remind us that we should ask for help when necessary, but only to the extent to which we truly need.
This card shows us the true nature of family and of community, and reminds us of the importance of generosity.
An Original Card Spread for You!
You can perform this three-card spread with tarot, or any other divination card deck. I call this the "Checking- In Spread" because it is a quick way to check in on the progress of anything that matter to you; a relationship, a business, a creative project or a healing process, for example.
The shape of the spread is a three-card pyramid, with two card side-by-side on the bottom and one card above, positioned in the middle to make the top of the pyramid.
You can perform this spread for yourself or another person, but you must have a specific topic on which to "check-in."
Card 1 Bottom Left: What I have been doing to make this successful
Card 2 Bottom Right: What my current focus should be
Join us for a free webinar, Basic Psychic Development. Everyone is psychic! The challenge is to figure out what your gifts are, and to learn to develop them. Professional psychic Christiana Gaudet will share the basics with you. In this exciting webinar you will learn about psychic gifts, psychic tools and simple exercises you can do to strengthen your own psychic abilities. For log-in info, visit the Celebrate Spiritual Growth website.
Monday, December 10, 7:00 pm
Enjoy a beginner/review level premium webinar, An In-Depth Journey into the Major Arcana - Emotional Balance. This online presentation will focus on Major Arcana cards Eight through Fourteen, Strength through Temperance. Christiana will present these cards as the keys to enhancing emotional growth and finding emotional balance.
This class will help tarot beginners develop a solid foundation for their tarot study. Experienced readers will discover new ways to utilize tarot. For registration and log in, visit the Continuing Education website.
Wednesday, December 12, 9 pm
Christiana will be a guest on Internet TV show "It's in the Cards." Tune in to see Christiana talk about her new book and perform readings for the audience. You are welcome to call in to get an on-air reading! Simply visit Para Encounters Network to join the fun!
Thursday, December 13, 6:30 pm
Everyone with an interest in tarot is invited to join Global Tarot Circle for an informal tarot workshop webinar, fun and fellowship. Find details and log in info at the Tarot Circle website.
Sunday, December 30, 4:00 pm
Join us for an hour of free psychic readings with Christiana Gaudet, Tarot Grandmaster and author.
In the on-line meeting room, Christiana will give short readings to all attendees, as time permits. You will enjoy being part of the energy, hearing Christiana's readings and receiving an insightful reading for yourself.
Christiana has been a full-time tarot professional for more than twenty years, and is the author of two books about tarot. In 2008, Christiana was granted the title of Tarot Grandmaster by the Tarot Certification Board of America. Christiana provides readings by phone, Skype, and in her office in Lutz, Florida.