Is the Universe Conspiring on Your Behalf?
I learned a new word this week from a friend on social media. When I researched the word, I discovered the modern use of this word was coined by John Perry Barlow, a writer I admire a great deal. Synchronicities like that make me pay attention, so I wanted to share this special word with you.
The word is “pronoia”. It’s the opposite of “paranoia”. Pronoia is the suspicion that the Universe is conspiring on your behalf. Pronoia is the belief that most people really want to help you, and you, them.
What would happen if we approached life believing that most of the energy around us intended us well and wanted to help us?
It certainly wouldn’t be good to trust everyone and everything. However, beyond taking reasonable precautions for safety, could we believe it possible that the Universe, and the people in it, really wants to help?
I do believe that everything that happens, even the most terrible things, are somehow designed for our growth, healing and happiness. When we simply trust this to be true, even when times are hard, we do eventually find the growth, healing, peace, harmony, success and happiness we desire and need.
What Does the Universe Want me to Know?
Most of us have an oracle deck, a tarot deck, or some other divinatory device. Whether we have a serious divination practice or just play with the oracle for fun doesn’t matter. We all benefit from the opportunity to calm, center, focus and check in with the Universe.
Sometimes we want to check in, but don’t really know what question to ask. My favorite question is always appropriate, and will always give you some interesting information.
Simply ask, what does the Universe want me to know?
When you interpret the card you receive, do it with pronoia in mind!
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The Week in Review
This week I designed a new tarot spread and shared it on the Community Blog. Check out my “Middle Path of Perception Tarot Spread for an Attitudinal Sweet Spot.” If you need an attitude adjustment, this might help!
My Community Blog includes my “Answers to Your Questions about Tarot” series. One of the all-time favorite posts answers a very popular question about choosing a beginning tarot deck. If you haven’t seen this before, check it out, and share it with your friends who are just beginning their tarot journey!
The Week in Review
Have you ever received news in a tarot reading that you didn’t want to hear? Here are some wise words from The Tarot Lady, Theresa Reed, about why that reading is a blessing!
From Little Red Tarot, here is a wonderful original tarot spread, “Begin now, with what you have”.
From Psychology Today, here are “Ten Steps Out When Stuck in Doubt”.
Three Cards that encourage us to Trust the Universe
Sometimes the message from a tarot reading is simply that we need to trust the Universe. Often, this is not what we want to hear, although it may be what we need to hear.
There are specific cards that can remind us the Universe is working on our behalf. Here are three of them.
When we think about the meanings and lessons of these cards, we may find some comfort, even if the Universe is not unfolding the way we would prefer at the moment.
The Wheel of Fortune can often encourage us to trust in our luck, our fate, or our karma. Isn’t this the same as trusting the Universe? The Wheel, of course, reminds us that everything changes, and everything moves in cycles.
Justice reminds us that, even though things may not be fair in the microcosm, everything will balance in the macrocosm.
The Moon reminds us that there is much we can’t fully perceive, yet we must trust our intuition to know that spiritual truth exists.
In these three cards we see cycles, balance and intuition. These are three constants in the Universe in which we can place our trust.
What's up at the Psychic Cafe?
Did you know I have a YouTube channel that is chock full of great information for you? On my YouTube channel you will find my “Answers to your Questions about Tarot” videos, where people send me questions about tarot decks, traditions and techniques, and I make a video to answer them.
Also on my YouTube channel are episodes of my webcast, Christiana’s Psychic Café. This started as a weekly livestream through the Para Encounters Network. When PEN stopped broadcasting, I continued to interview some of today’s most interesting artists, writers, musicians, healers, tarotists and psychics, and share those interviews directly on YouTube.
You will also find some of my reviews of tarot decks, oracle decks and books, and some other fun things, like original tarot spreads.
If you’ve never visited my YouTube channel, or haven’t been there in a while, please do visit, and don’t forget to subscribe!
Image from Gilded Reverie Lenormand, by Ciro Marchetti
Card 16: Stars
Stars can refer to fame, recognition, promotion and acknowledgement, like ‘being a star”. Stars can also refer to a sense of fate or destiny, like the things that are “in the stars”.
In love, Stars is about the attraction between people. This can include crushes and infatuation.
Stars is considered a positive card. The playing card association is Six of Cups. This can indicate a karmic relationship, a brother or male friend, or a love affair.
Next week we will see what change the Stork, card 17, is bringing!
Looking Forward to Florida TarotCon
Many of the presentation titles (though by far not all) are now on the TarotCon website! What will your favorite tarotists be presenting? Find out, and make your reservations now!
Image from Gilded Royale, by Ciro Marchetti.
Your One Card Weekly Reading
Your one-card reading this week is the Ace of Wands. This is a wonderful card that indicates new projects, new inspiration and new creativity in your life.
The Ace of Wands is the initial spark. Perhaps something is waking within you.
This week, make sure you channel this exciting fire energy toward something constructive, rather than something destructive!
Sunday, August 23, 3:30 pm
Tampa Bay Area Tarot Meetup
Tarot Games, Stories and Spells
Panera Bread, 23388 State Road 54, Lutz, 33549
Christiana will be leading this fun and exciting afternoon of tarot exploration. Bring your cards, or borrow a deck. You’ll have fun, learn about tarot, and meet some really great people!
You can RSVP on the Meetup, or visit the event listing on ChristianaGaudet.com.
Monday, September 14, 7 pm
Free WebEx Webinar Available Exclusively On Line
Global Tarot Circle
Join tarot friends around the world, for an hour of readings, spreads, techniques and general tarot fun!
You can join on your computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone, or you can call in.
For log in information, visit the event listing on ChristianaGaudet.com.
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Private telephone, Skype and in person readings and instruction are available by appointment.
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