Monday, April 20, 2015

Make Your Own Desktop Oracle

I love signs, symbols, and synchronicity. I imagine this is true for any tarot reader; it's what we do, after all.

Here's an easy and fast tutorial on making your computer desktop into a daily oracle, so when you switch it on every day you'll get a special message or sign.

Just a note: I have a Mac, so this tutorial is based on that. You can probably do something similar on your Windows computer.

First, gather your oracle images and messages from the web. What I've collected are images of my favourite goddesses -- Durga, Lakshmi, Kali, Saraswati --  and some pretty wallpapers, but you can really use anything that inspires you. You might want to gather inspiring quote images, tarot cards, photos of crystals, mandalas... whatever turns you on. And, of course, you can create your own images, you creatrix, you.

Since this is going to be desktop wallpaper, large, high-resolution images are going to be best. Google Images has a handy search function that sorts the images you've searched for by size (amongst other things).

Download your oracle images -- I recommend at least seven so you get a nice mix -- into a folder on your computer.

Next, set up your wallpaper to get a random image from your oracle folder everyday. Here's the how-to:
1. Right-click on your desktop, and choose "Change Desktop Background".
2. Click the little + sign, and then navigate to your folder of oracle images.
3. If your images don't fit the screen exactly, you can choose a colour to fill in the blank space. I like black. I also like the "Fit to Screen" setting the best as it won't stretch or skew the images.
4. In the checkboxes at the bottom of the window, check "Change Picture:" and choose the frequency from the drop down menu. I chose everyday, but you might want to switch things up more often.
5. Also check "Random Order". This adds that magical randomness to the whole thing.

You are set! Enjoy your daily desktop oracle. I'd love to know what kind of images you used; tell me in the comments. xo.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Use Tarot to Dive Deep into your Natal Chart - pt. I

Lately, I've been really interested in learning more about astrology.  But, I want to do more than just read about it.

I want to feel it. I want to tune in to the cosmos and feel the energy of the planets.

Today I have an exercise for exploring our natal astrology placements using the tarot.  I'm using the Cosmic Tarot. This is an easy exercise, and should give your some interesting things to contemplate.

1. First, get your chart if you don't have it already. I use for all my astrology needs. Just hover over "Free Horoscopes" and select "Chart Drawing, Ascendent" to get your natal chart.

2. Where is your sun? Mine is in Libra, so I chose Libra as the first zodiac sign to work with.

3. Look at what other planets reside in the same zodiac sign as your sun sign. I also have Mercury and Pluto in Libra.

4. Get your tarot deck and pull out the major arcana card that corresponds to the zodiac sign you're looking at. My sun is in Libra, so I'm using Justice.

Here are the major correspondences that I use for all the zodiac signs:
  • Aries - The Emperor
  • Taurus - The Hierophant
  • Gemini - The Lovers
  • Cancer - The Chariot
  • Leo - Strength
  • Virgo - The Hermit
  • Libra - Justice
  • Scorpio - Death
  • Sagittarius - Temperance
  • Capricorn - The Devil
  • Aquarius - The Star
  • Pisces - The Moon
5. Now pull out the cards that correspond to the planets that are in that zodiac sign. For me this is the Sun, Mercury, and Pluto, so I am using The Sun, The Magician, and Judgement.

Here are the major arcana correspondences I use for the planets (I use the Golden Dawn system, by the way):
  • Sun - The Sun
  • Moon - The High Priestess
  • Mercury - The Magician
  • Venus - The Empress
  • Mars - The Tower
  • Jupiter - The Wheel of Fortune
  • Saturn - The World
  • Neptune - The Hanged Man
  • Uranus - The Fool
  • Pluto - Judgement

6. Place your zodiac sign card at the top, and the planets card(s) below and start considering, perhaps journaling.
  • Consider what each planet card is like when its energy is expressed as the zodiac sign card.  How is that expressed in your identity or personality?
For example, my sun (The Sun) in Libra (Justice) wants to uncover the truth, finds joy in fairness and balance, and identifies with being balanced and ethical.

Do this for each planet.
  • Now, consider how the planets, if there is more than one, act together in the zodiac sign. How do you feel this energy is expressed in your life?
I have The Sun, The Magician, and Judgement dancing in Libra. To me these three cards together represent clear knowing and self-perceiving leading to the ability to manifest. Being in Libra (Justice), I feel like it is really important for me to be constantly exploring and reviewing my life, acting and speaking with care, and always acting ethically. I like things to be orderly. I like to understand things.

Over to you! I would really, really love to discuss this. Come on over to my Facebook page and let's talk about our natal charts. I'm really curious about what you find.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ace of Stars Lenormand - Ship

Bruce  Von Stetina - "Clipper Ship Lightning" 
Acquired permission from the artist to use a CC attribution license for small images from his website.