I’ve always resonated with the message of the “Prayer of Saint Francis.” It says, in part: “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.”
I appreciate the idea that we can each be an instrument, or a tool, through which Higher Power works to bring peace to the world. The concept of being a bringer of peace is larger than any one world view or spiritual belief system.
I was surprised to learn that the “Prayer of Saint Francis” dates back only to 1912, and was clearly not written by the Saint. Nonetheless, its simple message is comforting, encouraging and empowering. We can each be an instrument of peace. We can each bring hope, light and joy to the world.
To do this, we must first find peace within.
As we each find that place of inner balance, we each become an instrument of peace in the outer world.
There are many tarot cards that can indicate, advice or encourage peace and balance. Here are the three which I feel most clearly speak of peace.
When you see these cards in a reading, know that there may be a need to seek peace.
You can also use these cards to help manifest a more peaceful energy around you, though meditation and reflection.
The High Priestess is the card of serenity, balance, wisdom and meditation. Associated with perfection in womanhood, the High Priestess sits between the pillars of mercy and severity. In meditation she is able to access the dream world, and the world of the subconscious.
The Two of Swords is often seen as a card of choices and decisions. We balance between two ideas, or two directions. The blindfold suggests that we can have no outside influence. The heart is crossed off, indicating a need to be logical, rather than emotional.
In the Thoth Tarot, the Two of Swords has the keyword of “Peace.” The Two of Swords teaches us the practical nature of finding peace; to be at peace even when we don’t know what comes next, or when we can’t see ahead.
The Four of Swords is typically the card of retreat, meditation and recovery. This card indicates the peace we find when we have no other choice. That is, the peace we find when we take time to heal. The Four of Swords suggests the need to back away from a battle that can’t be won.
As we can see, each of these cards addresses the concept of “peace” in a different way.
The High Priestess finds peace by looking deeply within, and finding perfect balance.
The Two or Swords makes peace by accepting a situation as it is in the moment.
The Four of Swords makes peace by seeking healing.
This week on my Tarot Trends personal blog, I wrote about my work as a tarot teacher, and some of the developments I’ve noticed in the world of tarot education. Read “Tarot Study Online Opportunities.”
This past week on the Psychic Café my guest was Brigit Esselmont of Biddy Tarot. If you missed the show, you will definitely want to see this one in archive.
Brigit and I discussed her website, BiddyTarot.com, which offers a great number of free resources for tarot students. We discussed the path that took her from earning a degree in commerce and working in the corporate world to, just two years ago, making the decision to make tarot teaching her full-time work.
Next week we will enjoy an encore presentation of our show featuring an interview and readings with Barbara Graver. Barbara is an angel reader, intuitive and broadcaster, and owner of the New Age Review.
Christiana’s Psychic Café is my weekly webcast. It airs on the Para Encounters Network, each Sunday at 9 pm Eastern.
This class is designed for serious tarot students who want to develop their tarot skills. Self-reading is the best way to learn to understand the cards. It is also an important practice for personal and spiritual growth.
Christiana’s virtual classroom is accessible using your computer or your telephone.
This online presentation will teach you good practices for self reading. You will be able to identify and interpret your specific personal cards. You will be able to use self-reading to enhance your tarot studies. Christiana will help you explore specific techniques for self-reading that will help you derive all the information you need.
My guest will be tarotist Jean Redman, who will be joining me for an all-new episode. Jean has been reading tarot for many years, and is the creator of the as-yet-unpublished Bali Tarot, inspired by her years living in Bali.
Jean is a Spiritual Mystic. As a workshop leader and teacher, she is well-versed in many metaphysical topics. This is sure to be a fascinating conversation!
Friday, August 8 – Sunday, August 24
Christiana’s Trip to Connecticut
I will be in Connecticut, offering psychic house parties and a limited number of private appointments. Telephone readings will be available during this time as well.
If you would like to schedule a reading with me during this time, either in person in Connecticut or on the telephone, please call 561-655-1160.
I am currently keeping a waiting list for those interested in parties.
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.