Independence Day is a time to celebrate our country and our family traditions. Perhaps it is also a good time to think about our personal independence.
So often we become dependent on habits, patterns and ways of thinking that really don’t serve us. What would happen if we were to become independent of guilt, shame and negative attitudes? What if we were to become independent of fear?
This week amid the fireworks, picnics and family gatherings, let’s take a moment to give thanks for our strength, not just as a nation, but as individuals.
The Difference Between Codependence and Interdependence
When we talk about being personally independent and self-reliant there is always a question about relationships. None of us is an island. None of us can survive independently of others.
I think the trick is to be interdependent rather than codependent. What’s the difference?
Being interdependent is about being in a community, whether that is a community of two, like a love relationship, or a family or a workplace.
Wherever we interact with others we become interdependent with them. That’s a responsibility, but it can also be a joy. We count on each other to fulfill certain tasks from which the entire community benefits.
In a codependent relationship the needs of the individuals cannot be honored. In an interdependent relationship the individuals support each other. That’s the difference.
If we strive to be independent in our thinking and interdependent in our relationships we will never become codependent.
The Week in Review
The week I wrote two posts for tarot readers in our Tarot Topics Community Blog. I wrote about using tarot to make predictions in Predicting an Uncertain Future.
Your one-card reading for the week is the Two of Pentacles.
The Rider-Waite-Smith image shows a jauntily dressed man juggling two pentacles within a leminscate (infinity symbol). In the background we see ships on a rolling sea.
This card can describe or predict a busy time, and a time of limited resources. You may be working two jobs or trying to honor many commitments. There may be less money coming in than you prefer.
The important thing to remember is this. Although your time and money may be limited right now you have the skill, ability and grace to juggle and make it all work.
Keep your sense of humor, work hard and know that you can juggle everything successfully for as long as you need. Throughout this busy time you will have everything you need. Don’t worry about running out of time or money. Just keep doing what you need to do.
Everything will be just fine.
Sunday, July 7, 9 pm
Christiana’s Psychic Café
Astrologer and tarot reader Mary Anna Abuzahra will join us on the Psychic Café.
Mary Anna is a true renaissance women – her interests and activities span everything from astrology to Goddess spirituality to archery.
She will have a lot of information and a great perspective to share with us.
An In-Depth Journey into the Major Arcana – The Material World
Tarot Grandmaster Christiana Gaudet has developed a system for learning and understanding tarot that will help each tarot seeker use the cards not only as potent tools of divination, but also as tools for spiritual growth.
With this system, card meanings are easy to remember, and the lessons of each card are easy to understand.
Beginners will develop a solid foundation for their tarot study. Experienced readers will discover new ways to utilize tarot.
Christiana’s virtual classroom is accessible using your computer or your telephone.
In this on-line presentation, students will develop an understanding of The Fool, and the first seven cards of The Major Arcana. These cards hold the secrets of career, relationships and personal mastery.
Students will learn the astrological, numerological and elemental associations for each card. Students will contemplate the Fool’s Journey through these seven cards, and discuss how the lessons of each card apply to common experiences in modern life.
The first seven cards are a map for mastering the material world. Students will learn the invaluable philosophies inherent in these cards.
Armed with a complete understanding of each card, students will have an easy time learning ways of interpreting the cards when reading for themselves and others.
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.