Perspective – our way of viewing something – can make all the difference in the way we experience life. Three different people could experience the same fender bender and have three different responses.
One might say, “I am so angry at the other driver! This accident was all his fault.”
Another might say, “I can’t believe I got into an accident. Why do bad things always happen to me?”
The third might say, “I am so grateful no one was hurt!”
In this example it’s easy to see how it is possible to process things through different lenses. Here we have the anger perspective, the victim perspective and the gratitude perspective.
People who make an effort to live with positive perspectives seem to be healthier and happier than those whose perspectives are based on anger or fear.
The next time you react to something in your life in a way that expresses fear, anger or insecurity, think about your perspective. Is the lens through which you see your situation appropriate, or is it time to shift your perspective?
Once, in a reading, I gave a bit of advice that felt like a direct download from Spirit. I said “You can’t let your emotions dictate how you feel.”
I’ve shared this concept with others since, in readings and on social media. Yes, we must acknowledge and understand our emotions. But we can’t let our emotions steer our lives. We have the ability to choose the perspective through which we see life, and life events. Being sad does not mean we have to let the emotion of sadness control our experiences. We can control the way we experience life by shifting our perspective.
Five Major Arcana Cards that Encourage a Change of Perspective
Tarot is about changing perspective in many ways. Each card offers information to help us see ourselves with clarity. In a tarot reading we are often given the opportunity to reframe a situation.
Here are five Major Arcana cards that offer advice a shift in perspective.
1. The Wheel of Fortune: When you’re up, you’re up, and when you’re down, you’re down. The Wheel is always turning, changing us from one thing to another, and bringing with it new perspectives. The Wheel reminds us that, in time, everything changes.
2. The Hanged Man: The Hanged Man says, “If you can’t change your situation, change your attitude!” Everything looks different when you look at it from another angle.
3. Temperance: Temperance reminds us that nothing is perfect. With careful patience we can blend many things together and find the perfect balance and blend.
4. The Devil: Sometimes we stubbornly chain ourselves to a negative way of thinking. We don’t believe we can, or should, change the way we think. Until we are willing to change our perspective, we are stuck in an unhealthy place.
5. Judgment: Judgment offers the perspective of the final analysis. It allows us to see the bigger picture, and to put closure on the past.
What other tarot cards do you think offer insight about perspective?
The Week in Review
This week on my Dark Forest Blog I wrote about cold weather in Florida. Read “Fuzzy Cloak Weather.”
On my personal blog, Tarot Trends, I wrote about Major Arcana 13 in “Speaking of Death.”
I am having a lot of fun building my YouTube channel. I’ve discovered there are a number of tarotists who provide readings, reviews and lessons for free on their YouTube channels. If you are interested in tarot, here are a few you might like to visit.
Tarot Tribe Beyond Worlds is Donnaleigh’s YouTube channel, packed with great information about reading tarot and Lenormand cards.
With costumes and funny accents, tarotist Beth Henry brings some creativity to her tarot videos at The Tea Room.
Daily Tarot Girl has recently changed the name of her YouTube channel to Tarot Readings by Kate. Enjoy tarot reading tips, reviews and weekly readings.
The "Don't Let Your Emotions Dictate the Way You Feel" Tarot Exercise
When you are stuck feeling badly, here is a tarot exercise to help you shift your perspective and feel better.
This exercise uses both cards drawn at random and cards chosen cognitively. When you choose cards cognitively you can chose based on the image, how the image makes you feel or what you know about the traditional card meanings.
Start by looking through the deck at the cards. Cognitively (not at random) choose one card that represents your current emotional state. Put the card in front of you, look at it, and own your emotions. Emotions are never bad, although they can be difficult to handle. We need to acknowledge our emotions, but we don’t want our emotions to control us.
Leave the card you chose to describe your current emotions on the table. Now think about how you would like to feel. Look through the cards and, again, cognitively choose a card to represent how you would like to be feeling. Put that card on the table to the right of the first card, but with some room in between them.
Now shuffle the rest of your deck. Think about making the shift from where you are to where you would like to be. What can help you do that? Focus on that question and pull a card at random to place between the two cards on the table.
The card you pulled at random represents the action to need to take to bring yourself to the positive place you want to be.
Now we see a journey of three cards – the difficult place you are in now, what you need to do to shift and transform, and finally, the place you would like to be. If you need further clarification of your path you can pull a few more cards. Use the wisdom of the cards to help you shift your perspective and take control of your life!
What's Up at the Psychic Café?
“Christiana’s Psychic Café” is my weekly webcast airing every Sunday evening on the Para Encounters Network.
On January 19th our topic was “spiritual community.” I was happy to interview Rhianna Mirabello of The Dreaming Goddess about her growing community in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Then we enjoyed a video from Live Bands Touring about a young band from Connecticut, Blessed and Gifted, who are building a community of fans with their spiritual message.
The Tower is Major Arcana card sixteen. The message of the Tower is clear. That which is built on a faulty foundation can no longer stand. Lightning strikes and the tower falls.
Most people think of the Tower as a card that predicts disaster and devastation.
I think the lightning that strikes the tower is the flash of light that shows us the truth.
The Tower may indicate a period of difficulty, but generally one that is unavoidable. It is time to sweep away the old and make room for the new.
The Tower forces us to act, and forces us to change. Once we are on the other side of a Tower experience we are often left with a new, more level playing field, and new opportunities.
It is important to remember the Tower’s position within the Major Arcana, in the final third associated with spiritual enlightenment.
The Tower is a necessary stop on the journey toward spiritual enlightenment.
The Tower may represent dark moments and difficult times, but with the Tower comes the presence of a higher power and a greater strength. Even during the most trying times, the most uncertain times, Spirit is with us.
The Tower reminds us that if we fail to make the necessary changes in our lives the Universe will do it for us. Usually the Universe does it in a less gentle way than you would have.
We all have “Tower experiences” in our lives. Often these are the times that shape our character. The way we react to these “Tower experiences” can define who we are.
Next week we experience the healing that is so necessary after the Tower, with Major Arcana seventeen, the Star.
Your One-Card Weekly Reading
Your one-card reading this week is the King of Pentacles.
While a King might indicate a gentleman associate, either business or personal, the King of Pentacles can also tell us to take charge of our lives in a very specific way.
The King of Pentacles demands that you take charge of everything in your power within your physical realm. It is time to step up and be responsible to yourself. Take control of your body by eating a healthy diet and exercising. Take control of your money by handling it wisely. Take control of your career by being dependable. Take control of your personal life by being steadfast toward those you love.
The King of Pentacles tells you to invest in yourself, and promises you a secure future if you are able to commit to tending your interests reliably.
Rising in to Love Psychic Gallery
On February 8th at 2:30 pm I will make a rare personal appearance in South Florida at the home of Pearl Rauberts in Loxahatchee.
As we prepare for Valentine’s Day and look forward to all 2014 has to offer, I will present a very special Psychic Gallery in sacred space. My focus will be opening the heart to abundant love and healing, and manifesting wonderful things for 2014. Each person will receive a deeply personal reading, and have the opportunity to ask questions. You may even receive a message from a loved one in spirit!
The information that is revealed in my galleries is uplifting, helpful and exactly what you need to know.
Admission is $25 and reservations are required. Seating is limited so email Pearl to make your reservations now!
Wednesday, January 22, 7 pm
The Four Elements and the Minor Arcana
Please join us for a 75-minute-long webinar about the Four Elements (Earth, Air, Fire and Water) and the Minor Arcana of the Tarot.
This class will cover the powers and properties of the four elements, and how they relate to the four suits in tarot. You will learn ways of interpreting the pip cards and the court cards based on their elemental association. You will learn ways of designing and performing tarot spreads based on the four elements.
This class is appropriate for beginners, and readers of all levels.
My guest will be the Daily Tarot Girl herself, Kate!
Kate is well known for her Daily Tarot Girl videos on YouTube and her fresh approach to tarot.
We’ll talk about Kate and her work, and we’ll open the phones for free readings!
Thursday, January 30, 7 pm
An In-Depth Journeys 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.
On Superbowl Sunday we’ll enjoy an encore presentation of our Valentine’s Day special from February 10, 2013 featured lipsologist Ariana Lightningstorm.
Saturday, February 8, 2:30 pm
Rising into Love Psychic Gallery with Christiana Gaudet
Pearl Rauberts’ in Loxahatchee
At this special gallery each person can expect to receive a personal reading, and have the opportunity to ask questions. The information that is revealed in my galleries is uplifting, helpful and exactly what you need to know.
Admission is $25 and reservations are required. Seating is limited so email Pearl to make your reservations now!
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.