Category Archives: just kicking it

The Fountain Tarot Review


The Fountain Tarot is a lovely 79-card deck published by Roost Books in 2017. The artist is Jonathan Saiz, Jason Gruhl is the writer, and Andi Todaro is the designer.

The cards fit nicely in my hands, just a little larger than a standard deck of playing cards. The edges of the cards are gilded and the cards shuffle nicely, which is also a plus for me.

The deck is based on the Rider-Waite system, with the Fountain card being the extra one. The Fountain is not numbered but instead has an infinity symbol, which places it in a realm of its own in relationship to the other cards in the deck. According to the guidebook, the Fountain card brings a modern concept to the deck, representing the unlimited knowledge we gain from technology and at the same time a deeper awareness that we are all connected to the same spiritual Source. I think this card is a brilliant addition that attempts to tie the traditional concept of the Tarot to today’s evolved consciousness.

The guidebook is small (half the size of the cards) and just a little more than 100 pages. The explanations of the cards are brief but thorough. I think the guidebook gives just enough information to help someone interpret the images but not so much that a reader is bogged down. There is enough breathing room to add your own intuition and imagination.

The artwork is great. Overall the pictures have a dreamlike quality. There is a lot of light, with some of the images, like on the Justice card, almost looking washed out and vague because of the brightness. One outstanding exception is the Death card, which is dark and at first you don’t really know what you are looking at before you make out the image of a ghostly-looking horse…

All in all, this is a  pleasant deck to work with. These cards remind me of air and light. I feel a sense of openness and freedom as I use them to connect with Spirit.

Vegans, Animals, Unity Consciousness: What Do You Value?


Ranging from vegetarianism, our value systems,  and how inconsistent we can be, somehow I manage to boil it down to a discussion of unity consciousness.  I pull a Tarot card at the end, so please watch it all the way through. Also, like, share, subscribe, and comment.

Are You A People Pleaser?


People pleasing is something many of us do—often because we think we can change how others view us. But can we really change their minds about us? And if so, is that really what we want? Watch my video for my thoughts on the topic and I would also love to hear what you have to say about it.

The Crown Chakra


Book a Chakra Tarot Reading

The crown chakra is an energy center located at the top of the head. The crown chakra resonates with the colors violet and white. The body parts associated with the crown chakra include the head and the brain.

The crown chakra relates to enlightenment, cosmic consciousness, and our connection to Source, God, the Divine, and/or any word that you use to identify Unity Consciousness. Crown chakra qualities include intuitive knowing, faith, your value system, humanitarianism, meditation, spiritual development, selflessness, and universal higher consciousness.

With the other six chakras other than the crown chakra, sometimes there can be imbalances or they can be blocked altogether. However, the crown chakra can only be open or it can be closed.

When the crown chakra is open, you can tap into your inner wisdom and you feel connected with others, your Higher Self, and all that is.

Spiritual and emotional signs that the crown chakra is closed include lack of purpose, close mindedness, bigotry, apathy, and depression.

Physical signs that the crown chakra is closed include diseases of the muscular system, skeletal system, and the skin; chronic exhaustion; sensitivity to light and sound; bone cancer; and multiple sclerosis.

There can be many reasons for having a closed crown chakra. Having a blockage in any of the other chakras is a major reason because of the lack of energy flow. In particular, the heart chakra is possibly the most vital area that must be cleared in order to open the crown chakra. The heart chakra is bridge between the lower three chakras, which are related to our existence on Earth as humans and the top three chakras, which connect us to the spiritual world. It is the heart chakra that allow us to understand the concept of Universal love, and without that understanding, it is nearly impossible to tap into Universal Consciousness. Without this understanding, we see ourselves as isolated individuals who must compete for resources instead of seeing ourselves as abundant, connected beings who are different expressions of the same Source.

There are relatively easy ways to begin to begin to open your crown chakra. But first, understand that you must be aware of your emotional and physical reactions when you feel them in order for these methods to be effective. Be mindful and intentional about your chakra work. Also, make it a point to consistently practice these chakra opening exercises until you feel a change. Even though you will have to reconcile some core issues, once you start doing these simple practices, the deeper meaning of your crown chakra blockage will be revealed to you in a way that will make resolving these issues easier. Remember: Chakra balancing is a work in progress.

Unlike the other chakras, the crown chakra does not have any healing food specific to it. On the contrary, fasting is a way to open the crown chakra. Consult a health care professional and find safe ways to fast that are appropriate for you and in consideration of any health conditions you may have.

Another great way to open the crown chakra is to declutter your home. You’ll be surprised by how clearing your physical space also helps to clear you mind and spirit to allow newness to take its place. Think about the clothing, furniture, kitchen items, and other things that you own but haven’t even looked at or actually touched with your hands for years, maybe decades. Do you really need those things? Keep what you need and donate or discard the things you don’t really use.

With that being said, meditation is probably the most effective way to open the crown chakra. There are so many ways to meditate. Some include focusing on a single word or image. But I find that the main idea would be to declutter the mind and think of nothing, if that is possible. Another way to approach it to be absolutely silent and if thoughts come into your head, notice them, then let them slip away.

Another meditation option is to sit quietly for a few minutes and simply visualize the color violet. Or, you can imagine that a white light from above is coming in at the top of your head and slowly filling your entire body. Meditating while holding crystals, carrying crystals in your pocket or purse as you go about your daily activities, and wearing crystal jewelry are also great ways to balance your chakras. The crown chakra resonates with violet or white crystals such as Selenite, Clear Quartz, Amethyst, and it also resonates with other high vibration crystals such as apophyllite quartz and spirit quartz.

In addition, each chakra vibrates to a specific frequency and resonates with different sounds. Therefore, one way to tap into the sound vibration of the crown chakra is to listen to binaural beats made specifically for that chakra.

Last but not least, incorporate the color violet into your day-to-day life. Wear violet items of clothing, or add violet items to your home décor such as a furniture or curtains.

 

The Third Eye Chakra


The third eye chakra is an energy center located in the middle of the forehead above the eyebrows. The third eye chakra resonates with the color indigo. The body parts associated with the third eye chakra include the eyes, brain, pituitary and pineal glands, lymphatic and endocrine systems, and sinuses.

The third eye chakra relates to our spiritual awareness, psychic power, and intuition. It integrates the analytical left brain with the artistic right brain. The third eye chakra is associated with wisdom, discernment, insight, clarity, imagination, dreams, ideas, reasoning, perception, connection with the higher self, and telepathy.

When energy is flowing through the third eye chakra properly, you are self aware and spiritually aware, you trust your intuition, you have good insights, you can see the bigger picture, you are forward thinking, you have a good imagination, and you use both emotion and logic to make decisions.

Spiritual/emotional signs that there may be an imbalance of the third eye chakra include confusion, lack of judgment, passive aggressiveness, becoming lost in daydreaming to avoid reality, struggling to learn new things, frequent nightmares. procrastination, and finding it hard to be open minded.

Physical signs that there may be an imbalance of the third eye chakra include headaches or migraines, eye problems, lack of focus, forgetfulness, strokes, seizures, blindness, deafness, learning disabilities, sciatica, and sinus problems.

There are relatively easy ways to begin to re-balance your third eye chakra. But first, understand that you must be aware of your emotional and physical reactions when you feel them in order for these methods to be effective. Be mindful and intentional about your chakra work. Also, make it a point to consistently practice those chakra balancing exercises until you feel a change. Even though you will have to reconcile the core issues that contributed to the imbalance, once you start doing these simple practices, the deeper meaning of your third eye blockage will be revealed to you in a way that will make resolving these issues easier. Remember: Chakra balancing is a work in progress.

One way to open the third eye chakra is to practice being in the moment. As you go about your activities during the day, pay attention to everything you do and say, as well as how your environment affects you. No detail is too small to notice. How does it feel sitting or standing where you are? Is the surface hard or soft? Are you comfortable and why or why not? Notice how you are breathing. What is the temperature? What noises do you hear?

It may also help to keep a daily journal. In addition to writing about your day, also consider writing about how you feel emotionally, such as what makes you fearful and why. Explore any beliefs about yourself that are self limiting, like feeling that you are not worthy or good enough or that you can’t trust your own decisions.

Keeping a dream journal can also help to rebalance the third eye chakra. Have a journal near you as you are sleeping. As soon as you wake up from a dream, even if it is in the middle of the night, grab you dream journal immediately, as the details will become fuzzier as time goes by. Write down the events, and most importantly, how you feel about the events in the dream, whether you are happy, sad, excited, fearful, or some other emotion. Dreams are made of symbols from your subconscious mind and analyzing your dreams can give you clues as to your deepest emotions, desires, and needs.

If you meditate, sit quietly for a few minutes and simply visualize the color indigo. Indigo can be described as a deep violet blue. Also, meditating while holding crystals, carrying crystals in your pocket or purse as you go about your daily activities, and wearing crystal jewelry are also great ways to balance your chakras. The third eye chakra resonates with crystals such as purple fluorite shungite, sapphire, lapis lazuli, kyanite, labradorite, amethyst, and sodalite,

A variety of foods are known to help rebalance the third eye chakra. One such food is dark chocolate. Purple foods also are beneficial. These foods include plums, eggplant, purple cabbage, red grapes, blueberries, and blackberries. Also, food that are rich in omega-3 are good for rebalancing the third eye chakra. These foods include salmon, walnuts, flaxseed, and chia seeds.

Another thing to do is to incorporate the color indigo into your day-to-day life. Wear indigo items of clothing, or add blue items to your home décor such as a furniture or curtains.

Finally, each chakra vibrates to a specific frequency and resonates with different sounds. Therefore, one way to tap into the sound vibration of the third eye chakra is to listen to binaural beats made specifically for that chakra.

The Throat Chakra


The throat chakra is located at the neck above the collarbone. The throat chakra resonates with the color blue. The body parts associated with the throat chakra include the throat, neck, ears, jaw, mouth, teeth, gums, tongue, and thyroid gland.

The throat chakra relates to the way we communicate and, on a deeper level, how we maintain authentic relationships. It is not just about how we express ourselves to others, but also how well we listen to what others have to say. The throat chakra governs sound, creative self-expression, the ability to speak our inner truth with honesty, processing information, and divine guidance.

When energy is flowing through the throat chakra properly, you feel comfortable expressing yourself, you have no problem asking for what you want, you easily and respectfully speak your truth, you are creative, and you are a good listener.

Life experiences that can lead to an imbalance of the throat chakra may date back to childhood and include growing up in a family where you were discouraged from expressing yourself, if your opinions were not valued, and if you faced criticism or ridicule.

Spiritual/emotional signs that there may be an imbalance of the throat chakra include being dishonest, uncommunicative, and shy, social anxiety and feeling disempowered, or on the other hand, aggressively pushing your opinions onto other people.

Physical signs that there may be an imbalance of the throat chakra include addiction, mouth ulcers, swollen glands, thyroid dysfunctions, voice problems, gum or tooth problems, hearing problems, tonsillitis, and ear infections.

There are relatively easy ways to begin to re-balance your throat chakra. But first, understand that you must be aware of your emotional and physical reactions when you feel them in order for these methods to be effective. Be mindful and intentional about your chakra work. Also, make it a point to consistently practice those chakra balancing exercises until you feel a change. Even though you will have to reconcile the core issues that contributed to the imbalance, once you start doing these simple practices, the deeper meaning of your throat blockage will be revealed to you in a way that will make resolving these issues easier. Remember: Chakra balancing is a work in progress.

Singing is a great way to balance the throat chakra. Also, if speaking your truth out loud is hard for you, write your thoughts down in a daily journal or diary as a way to express yourself. Going in the other direction, if you feel called to do so, dedicate a few hours or more to not talking.

If you meditate, sit quietly for a few minutes and simply visualize the color blue. Also, meditating while holding crystals, carrying crystals in your pocket or purse as you go about your daily activities, and wearing crystal jewelry are also great ways to balance your chakras. The throat chakra resonates with blue crystals such as blue kyanite, larimar, tanzanite, azurite, aquamarine, and lapis lazuli.

Eating blueberries, blue grapes, and blackberries can also help rebalance the throat chakra, as well as fruit that grows on trees, including currants, kiwifruit, apples, grapefruit, lemons, pears, plums, peaches, figs, and apricots.

Another thing to do is to incorporate the color blue into your day-to-day life. Wear blue items of clothing, or add blue items to your home décor such as a furniture, cups, curtains, or even a blanket.

Finally, each chakra vibrates to a specific frequency and resonates with different sounds. Therefore, one way to tap into the sound vibration of the throat chakra is to listen to binaural beats made specifically for that chakra.

The Heart Chakra: How to Balance the Heart Chakra


Photo by bruce mars from Pexels

The heart chakra is an energy center located in the middle of the chest. The heart chakra resonates with the color green. The body parts associated with the heart chakra include the heart, breasts, lungs, diaphragm, ribs, chest, thymus, circulatory system, shoulders, arms, and hands. Spiritually and emotionally, the heart chakra is related to the ultimate guiding principle of universal love, which includes kindness, forgiveness, hope, self love, universal consciousness, emotional balance, and empathy.

When energy is flowing through the heart chakra properly, you appreciate the beauty that is all around you and you feel deeply connected to everything.

Life experiences that can lead to an imbalance include breakups, death of a loved one, abuse, and rejection. Stress, illness, and overthinking can also cause an imbalance of the heart chakra.

Spiritual and emotional signs that there may be an imbalance of the heart chakra include despair, hate, envy, fear, jealousy, feeling withdrawn or antisocial, codependency, holding grudges, and anger.

Physical signs that there may be an imbalance of the heart chakra include heart disease, asthma, lung disease, breast cancers, pneumonia, thymus gland disorders, and upper back/shoulder problems.

There are relatively easy ways to begin to re-balance your heart chakra. But first, understand that you must be aware of your emotional and physical reactions when you feel them in order for these methods to be effective. Be mindful and intentional about your chakra work. Also, make it a point to consistently practice those chakra balancing exercises until you feel a change. Even though you will have to reconcile the core issues that contributed to the imbalance, once you start doing these simple practices, the deeper meaning of your heart chakra blockage will be revealed to you in a way that will make resolving these issues easier. Remember: Chakra balancing is a work in progress.

One of the ways to balance the heart chakra is to develop an appreciation of beauty in all its different forms. For example, you can do this by listening to music, visiting museums, watching videos about fashion, and reading novels and poetry. You may want to take a course or seminar on these subjects.

Practice self-care and self love by eating well, getting enough rest, exercising, treating yourself to a spa day—anything that makes you feel special.

Love yourself unconditionally by accepting who you are—as is—body, mind, and spirit.

Reciting affirmations each day can also help. Some affirmations include “I love all of me, without question,” “I am beautiful, I am loved,” “I forgive myself,”  and “I am open to receive love and give love.”

If you meditate, sit quietly for a few minutes and simply visualize the color green. Also, meditating while holding crystals, carrying crystals in your pocket or purse as you go about your daily activities, and wearing crystal jewelry are also great ways to balance your chakras. The heart chakra resonates with green crystals such as bloodstone, jade, malachite, emerald, and moss agate. The heart chakra also resonates with pink crystals like rose quartz, rhodonite, and ruby.

Eating green foods can also help rebalance the hearty chakra. These foods include limes, green apples, avocados, kale, lettuce, spinach, bok choy, collard greens, and broccoli. Don’t forget to use green spices such as basil, thyme, and cilantro.

Another thing to do is to incorporate green or pink into your day-to-day life as in clothing. items of clothing, or items in your home.

Finally, each chakra vibrates to a specific frequency and resonates with different sounds. Therefore, one way to tap into the sound vibration of the heart chakra is to listen to binaural beats made specifically for that chakra.

The Solar Plexus Chakra: How to Balance the Solar Plexus Chakra


The solar plexus chakra is an energy center located in the upper abdomen, above the naval and below the ribs. The solar plexus chakra resonates with the color yellow. The body parts associated with the solar plexus chakra is include the stomach, liver, pancreas, gall bladder, spleen, adrenal glands, and mid spine. Spiritually and emotionally, the solar plexus chakra is related to our ego, personality, self-esteem, and personal identity. This chakra also influences our assertiveness, decisiveness, gut instinct, inner drive. competence, and the desire to succeed.

When energy is flowing through the solar plexus chakra properly, you are assertive, confident, and focused; you have stamina; you have harmonious relationships with other people and your surroundings; you don’t try to overpower others; and you are able to set goals and take the actions needed to achieve those goals.

Life experiences that can lead to an imbalance of the solar plexus chakra include having to make a difficult decision and being afraid of making the wrong choice; growing up in an overly controlling environment where you were not allowed to make your own decisions; being in an abusive relationship; being part of an organization that encourages you to no think for yourself; holding on to negative emotions from a traumatic experience; and holding on to negative belief patterns.

Spiritual and emotional signs that there may be an imbalance of the solar plexus chakra include fear, hate, indifference, feeling stressed, self-loathing, excessive need for control or power, fear of rejection, oversensitivity to criticism, fears of secrets being found out, lack of ambition, indecisiveness, and people pleasing.

Physical signs that there may be an imbalance of the solar plexus chakra include poor digestion, heartburn, stomach ache, ulcers, diabetes or hypoglycemia, arthritis, liver diseases, pancreatitis, anorexia or bulimia, and colon diseases.

There are relatively easy ways to begin to re-balance your solar plexus chakra. But first, understand that you must be aware of your emotional and physical reactions when you feel them in order for these methods to be effective. Be mindful and intentional about your chakra work. Also, make it a point to consistently practice those chakra balancing exercises until you feel a change. Even though you will have to reconcile the core issues that contributed to the imbalance, once you start doing these simple practices, the deeper meaning of your solar plexus chakra blockage will be revealed to you in a way that will make resolving these issues easier. Remember: Chakra balancing is a work in progress.

One way to re-balance your solar plexus chakra is to do stomach crunch exercises. Doing crunches squeezes the stomach and as a result releases energy.  Another way to re-balance your solar plexus chakra is to start each morning by reciting affirmations. Examples of affirmations include I love myself unconditionally, “I can,” “I will,” “I don’t need to be in control of everything,” and “I release myself from negative past experiences.” Create your own affirmations that relate to your particular situation.

If you meditate, sit quietly for a few minutes and simply visualize the color yellow. Also, meditating while holding crystals, carrying crystals in your pocket or purse as you go about your daily activities, and wearing crystal jewelry are also great ways to balance your chakras. The solar plexus chakra resonates with yellow crystals such as citrine, yellow tourmaline gold topaz and tiger’s eye.

The solar plexus chakra is associated with the element of fire. With that in mind, getting some natural sunlight every day can help re-balance this chakra. Also, adding spices such as turmeric, ginger, cumin, and cinnamon to your food heat up the body from the inside.

Eating yellow foods can also help rebalance the solar plexus chakra. These foods include lemons, bananas, corn, pineapple, and butternut squash. Whole grain foods like rice, oats and rye are also beneficial because they help with digestion.

Another thing to do is to incorporate yellow into your day-to-day life. Wear yellow items of clothing, or add yellow items to your home décor such as a furniture, cups, curtains, or even a blanket.

Finally, each chakra vibrates to a specific frequency and resonates with different sounds. Therefore, one way to tap into the sound vibration of the solar plexus chakra is to listen to binaural beats made specifically for that chakra.