THE POWER OF DREAMS | WHAT DREAMS TELL US

THE POWER OF DREAMS - WHAT DREAMS TELL US

This blog post is about the power of dreams and what dreams can tell us about ourselves.

Dreams have always been associated with mysticism. In the last 50 years, many professionals from the fields of psychology and science have been interested in dream interpretation. Whether we are psychologists, scientists, or regular people, all of us have the same question: Can dreams really tell us something?

Dreams help us process our impressions and experiences from the previous day. They work as “cleaning of the subconscious”. When we are awake, our mind uses the information that is important for us. However, our mind records many more impressions than we realize and these impressions, then, appear in our dreams.

Dreams Don’t Only Clean-Up our Subconscious

Dreams don’t only tidy-up our brain. Dreams are one of the paths to self-knowledge. They show us what we are missing, or what we have too much of. Our dreams are a needle on our inner scale which reminds us which area of our life or personality we should develop and where we may be overstepping our boundaries.

Dream Interpretation Exercise:

Dream Dancer
Sandra had a dream. She dreamt of dancing with a partner. There was another couple dancing near her. Her dancing partner and the other dancing couple were wearing white t-shirts. Only Sandra found herself wearing a green t-shirt. They danced in front of a large audience and earned a huge applause for their performance. Despite her success, Sandra felt inadequate and uncomfortable because of her green t-shirt. She felt like she was ruining the experience for others and that she was not going to be liked for the color of her t-shirt. She knew her dancing was perfect, however.

Dream Interpretation
Sandra needs to become more aware of her personality. She has been developing those aspects of her personality that are shared with others. She has accepted opinions and norms of the society, family, or friends. Sandra’s compliance to these outside rules and norms leads her to perceive her own uniqueness as a negative, as an obstacle. Her uniqueness makes it hard for her to work with others. The dream reminds her of her insecurity she feels in regard to her unique personality traits and character.

What Sandra Needs to Do
She needs to release her need to feel responsible for the opinions of others. She needs to live her life without waiting for approval from the others around her.

Dream Symbols

The Color Green
The color green is the color of growth, life, nature, and spring—it refers to the source of everything.

T-shirt
Her t-shirt is her current role she plays in her life. The energy of this dream is strong because it shows Sandra the source of her power, of what is the right thing to do in order for her to start progressing. She needs to accept her differences if she wants to become more successful in her life.

Dream Symbols

Dreams are coded in symbols and so, the person to interpret them is us because the symbols pertain to our personal lives. We have created every symbol, color, shape, size, simply everything what we see in the dreams. Even if we are receiving psychic messages via dreams, the symbols are going to still be something our brains have recorded at some point.

A dream symbol has a different meaning for every person. If two people dream of the same thing—let’s say a dream about falling—we can interpret it to each of the people differently. The first dreamer may like heights and he jumps out of airplanes. The second person is afraid of heights and feels panic every time she has to be high up off the ground. As you can see, everyone perceives one and the same thing differently. I will be talking about dream symbolism in more detail in my next blog post (in March 2016).

When do we Dream?

Even though we don’t always remember it, we dream several times during the night. We reach deep sleep approximately four times as we sleep. The deep sleep is called the REM sleep—Rapid Eye Movement—and during this sleep, our brain produces dreams that have a certain storyline and where events connect to each other. The first dreams of the night are usually about our day—fragments of events from the previous day. During the night, we usually dream of our memories that can reach as far as our childhood. In the morning, right before we wake-up, we tend to dream of symbols, colors, and lights. This is also the time when we tend to receive psychic messages from our guides, deceased loved ones, or Higher Self because since we usually wake-up remembering them. The REM dream phase doesn’t have the same length in everyone. The newborns’ REM dream phase is about 50% of the sleep time. Adults’ REM phase is about 20% of their sleep. The length of the REM sleep decreases after 60 years old to 15%.

Peoples and the Power of Dreams

The old Greeks believed that our psychological and physical problems are reflected in dreams. In Delphi, where healing took place, patients stayed in there as long as it took for them to have a dream that could be interpreted (by a priest) as a healing dream.

In the antique world, people believed that an illness was a product of unresolved issues or conflicts, unprocessed experiences. These issues needed to be resolved and then processed in dreams. As a result, the patients were released to go home after they had had their “healing” dream.

American Indians consider dreams very important. They used their dreams to lead them to the hunting grounds or they would name their newborns according to their dreams.

The founder of the modern theory of dreams is Sigmund Freud. The first scientific book about dreams was “Dream Interpretation” which was published in 1900. Freud, for the first time, got rid of the notion that dreams are a product of the supernatural. He explained that dreams are products of everything our brain has catalogued previously. He called dreams “royal road to the subconscious”.

So now you know more about dreams! Did you like this post? Leave me a comment. Do you want me to interpret your dreams? Let me know what you have dreamt of in the comments and I will interpret it for you. I will be talking about DREAM SYMBOLISM and LAYERS OF DREAMS in my next blog post.

How to Create a Great Tarot Spread

HOW TO CREATE GREAT TAROT SPREADS

Tarot spreads are an essential tool of every Tarot reader. There are ways how to create a great Tarot spread. Without Tarot spreads, there would be no Tarot readings. If we want to become a Tarot reader, we have to learn how to make our own Tarot spreads. There are millions of Tarot spreads out there, but they don’t always work for the Tarot question we may be facing at the moment. I use Tarot spreads that I find in Tarot books or online, but I almost always make my own Tarot spread which fits my client’s question perfectly or I customize already existing Tarot spread to fit it better to the Tarot reading I need to do.

We use empathy to not only do Tarot readings, but also to create Tarot spreads that give us the best and most accurate answers. If we know how to create a great Tarot spread, we become completely self-sufficient and extremely accurate as Tarot readers. We can work anywhere; we don’t have to rely on any online websites or Tarot books. Our skill to create a meaningful Tarot reading from any kind of chaotic question is our greatest asset.

Our skill to create a meaningful Tarot reading from any kind of chaotic question is our greatest asset.

Tarot Spread Shapes

We can make our Tarot spread look attractive by arranging Tarot cards in different shapes. The Tarot spread can look pretty, but it doesn’t have to be. Also, if you are a visual person as I am (You remember things visually. For example, you are looking for certain information and you know where you will find it by remembering the look of the page where it’s written.), making your Tarot spread into a certain shape will help you remember it. Your clients will appreciate it, too, because they will feel like their Tarot spread is visually appealing. You will look like a professional to them. Make it in a shape that is not only appealing to you and your client, but also shows you what kind of question it answers. A simple example – your Tarot spread for love would be in the shape of a heart; the Tarot spread about a break-up would be in a shape of a cross; the Tarot spread about overcoming obstacles would be in a shape of a wave.

There are certain shapes that fit into the Sacred Geometry category. We can take advantage of their energy and use them for our Tarot spreads. They will reinforce the power of the Tarot spread. The shape we form with the cards can also symbolize our desired outcome.

Here are a few Sacred Geometry Tarot spread shapes and their uses: (source of the list – Llewellyn.com)

  • Square: Spreads concerning stability, security, structure, and strength.
  • Circle: Spreads concerning cohesiveness, well being, continuity, integration, and wellness.
  • Heart: Spreads concerning love, passion, and matters of the heart.
  • Upward Pointing Pyramid: Spreads regarding the higher self, spiritual matters, and enlightenment. How to achieve unity, harmony within ourselves, and personal development.
  • Downward Pointing Pyramid: Spreads regarding the subconscious, hidden motives, base desires, and driving forces.
  • Staircases Moving Up or Down: Spreads concerning where you want to go.
  • Cross: Spreads regarding overcoming obstacles with the solution/outcome card in the middle. Represents the divine power of God and our ability to overcome obstacles and life lessons via God’s power within us.

creativityMaking our own Tarot spreads exercises our creativity. Creativity is defined as the ability to transcend traditional ideas and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, and interpretations. (source of the definition – Llewellyn.com) And since the Tarot spread is meant to solve a problem, we can allow our creativity to go wild in figuring out how to solve it. Don’t be afraid of this process and don’t feel like you are not qualified to do it.

How to Create a Great Tarot Spread

There is a method to this madness. 😀 When you are faced with a question, always try to find out what your client wants to know specifically. What the main purpose of the Tarot reading should be. Many times, our clients tell us they want to know about their relationship—about the future of their relationship. Later on, however, we find out that what they really wanted to know was whether the boyfriend was serious about the relationship or not. As you can see, there is a definite undercurrent to the original question. Many clients don’t know how to phrase their questions for Tarot and it’s our job to take care of that detail. When we know what the main motivation behind the question is, we are able to turn our focus to what really matters. If we provide deep and meaningful Tarot readings, we will produce a high-level of customer satisfaction.

If you are not sure what the client expects to have answered, always ask them to make sure you are on the same page.

  1. Identify what exactly your client wants to find out a.k.a. “The Bulls-Eye” of the Tarot reading. Ask them exactly what they mean, what the underlying problem is, or if this is what they need to know by telling them how you understand their question. COMMUNICATE with your clients.
  2. Create your Tarot spread questions that target the bulls-eye. “All the roads lead to Rome.” Your Tarot spread should contain questions that will lead you to solving the problem.
  3. Avoid asking questions that lead to “yes”, “no” answers. It’s okay to use one or two. Most clients who ask you “yes, no questions” expect you to elaborate on the answers anyway. They just don’t tell you that because they don’t think they need to or they don’t know how Tarot works. Don’t sabotage yourself by putting only “yes, no” questions into your Tarot spread. You are risking that your clients will keep asking you more and more questions about their problem after the Tarot reading for clarification.
  4. Anticipate their needs before you do their Tarot reading and incorporate them into your Tarot Spread. Always try to provide more information via your Tarot spread than what your clients asks for.
  5. Instead of asking “yes, no” question, ask HOW they will know the answer is staring right in the face. For example,

Your client’s question,“Does he love me?”…Your Tarot spread question should be, “How will I know he has true love feelings toward me?”

Always try to provide more information via your Tarot spread than what your clients asks for.

Don’t assume, ask.

Example How to Create Tarot Spread from Real Life

Here is an example of creating effective Tarot spread questions.

My friend Kathie asked me:

Hi Jonika
I was asked a question about a relationship with the son. His mum has him and the father is trying to get custody of him because the son is being mistreated. He is 2yrs old.
I tried the The Truth Spread but I got confused with reading the cards together.
I haven’t answered them I would like to learn how to read simply but effective.
Thank you.

–Kathie

My answer to her:

Kathie
I would target the issue head on and create a reading around it. You could ask, for example:
1. What is the true relationship between the father and son?
2. Is there abuse from the father’s side? (look for “abusive” and “deceptive” cards like the Devil, 7 of swords, 3 of swords, 9 -10 of swords, 5 of wands, etc.

3. What form does the abuse seem to be?
4. How will the mother know if there is abuse happening? (What are the signs)
5. What is the father’s true motivation to fight to get custody? (Hidden currents at play)

Examples of Tarot Spreads

I am analyzing relationship Tarot spread in my other blog post: RELATIONSHIP TAROT READINGS

Here are some examples of Tarot spreads:

Message from my Spirit Guide Tarot Spread

 

Going Through a Rough Time Tarot Spread

 

BETWEEN TWO LOVERS TAROT SPREAD

 

Did you like this post? Share your thoughts with me! How do you approach the task of making Tarot spreads?

LOVE and TAROT | Top Tarot Cards for LOVE

LOVE & TAROT

I am thrilled to finally write about the most powerful force in the Universe, LOVE and Tarot. I am also mentioning the Top Tarot Cards for Love later in this blog post.

What is Love?

We have finally gotten through the darkest time of the year (December and January) and now, the days are little bit longer and the sun shines a little bit brighter. I hope you didn’t have to go through this time of the year without love! Love is as critical for our mind and body as oxygen. It’s not negotiable. The more connected we are, the healthier we will be both physically and emotionally. The less connected we are, the more we are at risk of depression. It is known and seen in real life that the less love we have, the more depression we are likely to experience. One of my clients just emailed me describing her life to me. She tells me she is not really depressed, but “sad with a heavy heart” because she misses having a loved one in her life. She misses the connection and sharing of life with the one who would love her. She says she is not depressed, but having a “heavy heart” is a form of depression. It’s just hard to admit it to oneself. If we don’t acknowledge it, we can go through life without really finding the solution to it and making a positive change.

There are unseen forces in the Universe. We can barely understand these forces, this flow of energies, but it’s happening all around us, all the time. Some call it yin/yang, others call it karma. One thing is for sure, it’s a definite force that affects all of us within and on the outside. Love is one of those forces, one of these constantly present energies, and it is the most powerful of them all.

Therefore, if we are lacking love in our life, we should not feel like the situation is terminal. It’s not! Love is out there. It’s everywhere and at all times and we can attract it into our life if we really want to and know how. Sometimes what’s needed is to seek it out and work on bringing it into our life. Other times, letting go of control and letting go of trying are needed so love can be attracted to us like fish to water. In such a case, working on our Selves and our attitude toward the world should be our primary focus. Only if we love ourselves can we express love toward others.

Down-to-Earth Approach to Love

Even though love is everywhere, it doesn’t just happen. Many people believe love just happens and it stays there forever. And if it doesn’t, they feel lonely, depressed, and like they don’t deserve love. Love will become a part of our life if we know how to bring it into our life and nurture it. If we don’t nurture it, it will die, just like a geranium behind a sunny window that’s not been watered for weeks.

Love is “an act of will.”

  • Love is a learned skill. It doesn’t come just from emotions or hormones. Erich Fromm, a German social psychologist, psychoanalyst, sociologist, humanistic philosopher, and democratic socialist. He was associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory, called it “an act of will.” Love (not infatuation) is connected to tolerance and acceptance.
  • It is important to be able to decipher infatuation and love. Infatuation feels good but doesn’t last. Some sources say infatuation lasts for about six months. Love is long lasting and it grows from infatuation. On the other hand, infatuation doesn’t have to become love.
  • A crucial skill that will nurture love is the ability to communicate. Effective communication will develop trust and intensify a connection between partners. If you communicate, you will feel heard and better known which will result in higher level of personal happiness.

Love and Tarot

I get many requests to read about love and personal relationships from my clients. There are three (3) most common love questions people ask Tarot. I wrote a blog post about these questions a few weeks ago. I created 3 Tarot spreads that best answer these love questions. The blog post is called RELATIONSHIP TAROT READING | Tarot Spreads

Tarot is never wrong because it works with unbiased energy. It doesn’t take sides or feels sorry for someone. It’s a tool to find out the true nature of energies surrounding us. There are certain Tarot cards that unmistakably show that love is in the air. I am listing 10 of them.

7 Top Love Tarot Cards

Here are some useful and fun images about Top Love Tarot Cards!

  • Ace of Cups – Extremely positive card promising a loving relationship. Both partners feel deep infatuation toward each other which will grow into love. Feelings of love are very strong. All they can think about is each other.
  • Two of Cups – The Minor Arcana version of the Lovers. Unity between two people who want to be committed to each other. Very supportive relationship, both partners are emotionally on the same page. Not necessarily a sexual relationship. Strong indication the relationship will develop.
  • Ten of Cups – A very happy union. Partners are in love with each other. The relationships is very stable even if partners are not married.  The relationship has an appearance of a family. Partners are together and want to stay that way.
  • Ten of Pentacles – Strong and stable relationship. Both partners are fully committed to the relationship and want to build up on it.  Wealth not only material, but emotional, too.
  • The Empress – Very strong, solid, nurturing, and happy relationship. Both partners care deeply about each other. Fertile relationship with a deep emotional bond of both partners. The woman accepts his the way he is. The man considers her the perfect woman.
  • The Lovers – Partners are meant to be together in this lifetime. They are soulmates – there are life lessons to learn from each other.  Perfect chemistry, happiness. Partners feel attached to each other which could be good or bad.
  • The Star – A very bright card promising a bright future together. You are the star, the primary focus, of your partner.  Joy and happiness are present.

 

Top Tarot Cards for Love Ace of cups

 

Top Tarot Cards for Love 2 of cups

 

Top Tarot Cards for Love 10 of cups

 

Top Tarot Cards for Love 10 of pentacles

 

Top Tarot Cards for Love The Empress

 

Top Tarot Cards for Love The Lovers

 

Top Tarot Cards for Love The Star

 

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Symbols in Tarot | Personal Symbolism

Symbols in Tarot _ Personal Symbolism

Symbols in Tarot | Personal Symbolism. There are many symbols in Tarot. Tarot itself is based on the power of symbolism. Each Tarot card contains several symbols that help us interpret the card. For example, by just looking at each Tarot Suite: Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles, we know which season of the weather is being pointed out. See the illustration below to find out which season is indicated by which Tarot suite. Note: Aces of each suite (Ace of Wands, etc.), in a reading, can predict when an event is most likely to occur. You can see nice flash cards of Tarot symbols on my TAROT, READINGS Pinterest board. Just click on the link…

Tarot Suites and Seasons:

WANDS_ spring (growth)CUPS_ summer (maturity)SWORDS_ winter (hibernation)PENTACLES_ fall_autumn (harvest)

Symbol is „a thing that represents or stands for something else, especially a material object representing something abstract.”

Each symbol has its specific meaning and its placement on the Tarot card was carefully planned. Each Tarot symbol has its purpose. Tarot symbols create a road map for our intuition. They lead us to the correct interpretations and accurate future predictions. As we are looking at a Tarot card, one or more symbols may stand out. They seem more prominent than others and this happens for a reason.

What it Means When a Symbol Stands Out

When one or more symbols seem brighter than others or our eye keeps going back to it over and over again, it means that is what we should focus on. That is the thing we need to interpret because that’s what our client needs to hear. The symbol is telling us, „This is what’s going on in your client’s life and you need to interpret me now.“ It is always 100 percent accurate.

Since the dawn of time, people have been experiencing vivid dreams, they have been drawn to certain drawings, they have been captivated by pictures. Certain images occur over and over again throughtout ages. The same drawing is used by several very different cultures from different places on Earth.

For many of us, the idea of exploring symbols is a stressful job because we don’t know how to interpret them. The important thing to remember is that we need to start with our personal symbolism. That will put us at ease. We can learn our own personal symbolism by simply working with our imagination and our dreams. We need to take our time thinking about them, writing them down, wondering about the feelings they envoke within us. We should notice the colors or the personalities that are represented by our mind.

How to Develop Personal Symbolism

For example, you dream of being swallowed by a big wave out in the sea. You feel threatened, overwhelmed. You wake up scared and tired. Developing Personal Symbolism: Write down what you saw in your dream: the sea, big waves. Now, write down how the dream made you feel. What kind of emotions did those big waves triggered in you: fear, being overwhelmed, stress. Is there a situation in your life that’s causing you stress and you feel like you are being overwhelmed by it? Is the situation something you have no power over (just like you don’t have any power over those waves. You cannot command ocean waves.)? I am sure you will say „yes“. And voila – you just learned your first personal symbol:

Big Waves, Choppy Sea = feelings of being overwhelmed, scared, and stressed out over a situation you cannot seem to resolve/don’t have control over.

Tarot and Symbols

In Tarot, it is very beneficial to learn the traditional meanings of all the symbols. By learning them, we will develop a wider symbol database in our subconscious. It’s like learning to speak. The more words we learn, the more intelligent we sound. 😉 Once we become proficient in interpreting symbols, we will start building up on our knowledge. Our symbol database will start getting wider and more elaborate with practice. To give you an example, The Wheel of Fortune Tarot card Wheel of Fortuneis traditionally interpreted as „a change for the better is coming into your life.“ I agree with this interpretation. There is nothing wrong with it. I have worked with this interpretation for years. And then a shift happened in my mind. I kept pulling this Tarot card in for situations that called for a different kind of interpretation.

The picture of the wheel of fortune always stands out to me whenever I pull this card. Ever since I was a child, the wheel of fortune has represented something fleeting – a good luck coming my way, but it also disappears as soon as it appears. It represents something in-substantial and something that gives us just hope, but nothing else. I memorized my personal symbol as such and now, every time I pull this Tarot card, I interpret it as „You will be very close to success, but it will not get manifested. Unfortunately, you need to keep your resolve strong, don’t get discouraged, and keep moving forward. The Wheel of Fortune is giving you a thumbs-up. You are on the right path. The success will be reached, but later than you expect.“

I have created simple flash cards to help you learn Tarot symbols. Each picture contains one symbol and its meanings. I hope you will like them and find them helpful! I am creating more Tarot flash cards as I go along so stay tuned! You can see them also on my Pinterest profile, on my TAROT, READINGS board. This board is a group board: if you’d like to join in, just let me know! Email me or follow the instructions on the TAROT, READINGS Pinterest board.

Tarot Symbol Flash Cards

Tarot Symbols The Sunflower
Tarot Symbolism – the sunflower

 

Tarot Symbols The Moon
Tarot Symbolism – the moon

 

Tarot Symbols The Lantern
Tarot Symbolism – the lantern

 

Tarot Symbols The Infinity Symbol
Tarot Symbolism – the infinity symbol

 

TAROT SYMBOLS THE CAT
Tarot Symbolism – the cat

 

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Tarot Symboslism – the color black

 

 

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Tarot Symbolism – the color blue

 

 

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Tarot Symbolism – the color red

 

 

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Tarot Symbolism – the color yellow

 

 

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Tarot Symbolism – the image of the sun

 

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Tarot Symbolism – the fish

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