Appreciation for the Journey on the Road to Awakening | Maven Mindset

Looking back at your journey thus far, I’m sure you’ve learned a lot along the way. You may wish you were better prepared before you embarked on this expedition of self-discovery, but you wouldn’t trade your unique experience for anything.

Here are some things I’ve learned thus far in my own journey, as well as what I have come to appreciate about the journey of soul and self-discovery, the road of awakening, and the journey of being your most authentic self…

You’re learning what is of heartfelt importance to you. You’re better at bringing your focus back to the present. To look back and see how far you’ve come. Don’t sweat the small stuff! Let it go. In the grand scheme go things, is it really that big of a deal? Don’t stress about all that you have left to do, dream about, and accomplish. You know it will happen when it’s meant to, so there is no need to attach to outcomes.

You have an appreciation for the process of letting go. You’ve gotten better at releasing! YES! Although it is never easy, the more you do it, the better you become at surrendering. You realize that releasing is vital to the health of not only your immortal soul, but also your human body. You can recognize a good release by the way you stand taller, your shoulders relax, your neck muscles aren’t as tight. Everything about your energy is just lighter!

You understand the value of slow steady growth. Is a weed that sprouts up over night stronger than a great oak? You take time to stop and smell the flowers. To relish in the experience. To sink-in to the journey. To allow the road, your soul purpose, to become part of the way you walk and talk. You’re not in any rush – where is the fun in that? You’d rather savor every moment, every lesson along the way. That way you really learn them- maybe even the first time around! Strong foundations are important to you. You want your knowledge and experience to have a backbone. Something to stand on that speaks all for itself.

 

girl-throwing-fall-leaves-appreciate-the-journeyYou’ve learned some warning signs – who and who not to trust. You have become a better judge of character (by getting to know yourself), but not judgmental – you just know who you would like to invite into your energy and who you’d rather keep at a bit of a distance. You know to pick your battles wisely. To not feed into another’s negative behavior. To not get wrapped up in other people’s drama – remember, not my circus, not my monkeys. You understand the insanely crazy value of setting boundaries and how it is a benefit to not only you, but also to others in your life as well.

You’re getting better at that little thing called Self-Talk. You’ve been working on healing thoughts of a comparing nature. You understand that the grass really isn’t always greener on the other side, but you are too busy focusing on pulling your own weeds, sowing seeds, and spreading fertilizer to notice your neighbor’s lawn.  You’ve become better at freeing yourself from self-oppressing thoughts, self-sabotage, and lower vibrational patterns of behavior. You truly know the worth of thinking positively and the power of your own manifestation abilities!

You have a ton of excitement and hope for the future! You can over come anything and you know that now! You see all of the remnants of past challenges behind you – in a cloud of smoke, lying in the dust. You tore threw them like a hurricane (even though it may not have felt that way in the moment).  You are more sure of where you want to go, what you’re looking for, and have a better idea of how to get it. You know where to look for opportunities. Understand the value and deep worth of self-expression. You’re better able to determine when and when not to take action. You’re more daring and ready for new adventures!

What have you learned on your journey of awakening thus far? What lessons are you currently grappling with? I’d love to hear your insights!

xo Ariel

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Fall Tarotscopes 2016 | September 22nd to December 20th 2016

Give me ALL the Fall! Crisp air, pumpkins, hot chocolate, Halloween (Samhain), colorfully crunchy leaves, sweaters, silky scarves, and the season of gratitude – these are all reasons I LOVE Autumn! Can’t you feel the magick in the air? As the leaves change and fall, I offer you these Tarotscopes for the warm and inviting months ahead. So curl up by the fire with your pumpkin spice latte and enjoy!

 

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What’s the vibe surrounding your sign this Fall? Make sure to read the Tarotscope for your Moon and Rising Signs in addition to your Sun sign to get a more complete picture of the energy you may be working with this Autumn! For the Tarotscopes this season, I will be using the Tarot Apokalypsis and as a BONUS treat (because this is my favorite season) I have decided to add an additional oracle card for each sign from The Halloween Oracle. YAY!

If you’d like to get a Fantastic reading with me this Fall, please visit my Etsy Shop

Have an Autumn full of Awesome lovelies!

xo Ariel 

 

 

Aries | 4 of Cups + Invisibility

Authenticity…

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Have you become bored Aries? Are you struggling to find your way to stand out in a crowd? The best way to do that is to be authentic. Just be you! Don’t worry about being seen by others this season. Find security in yourself. Are you doing something because you feel obligated but not because your heart and soul is in it? What do you truly want to do? When we do things out of a sense of obligation, we can lose steam easily. Focus on bringing more authentic expression to your life. Your life can’t possibly be boring when you focus on expressing how you feel in all the true colors of who you are instead of repressing it.

 

Taurus | 7 of Pentacles + Jack O’Lantern

Protection…

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You reap what you sow Taurus. It is time to evaluate past actions and whether they have bared fruit. Is there anything worth saving? Anything worth building on? Don’t compare your progress to others – your harvest is your own. Protect your assets and investments this month. Also know that you are loved and protected. Don’t allow worries, fears, doubts, or thoughts of not being good enough to creep in. Work with black tourmaline, obsidian, or black kyanite for an extra boost of protective energy when you feel that you need it this season.

 

Gemini | 6 of Swords Reversed + Joy

Rejoicing in the present…

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This Fall, there seems to be a knowledge of the need to move on but you may outwardly be standing still Gemini. The transition is happening within. Instead of worrying about if you are in the right place or moving towards the future, focus on living in the present. By living in the present this season, it will help you to re-evaluate what is of importance in your life. Take time to breathe. By taking a step back and focusing on joy, you may find the answer that you have been looking for.

 

Cancer | The Empress + Skull of Darkness

Blind spots…

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Send love to yourself this Autumn, Cancer! Send love to others as well. This season is a time of nurturance. It is also a season to see where you may be missing some loving thoughts and actions in your life. Are you receiving the love that you wish to receive? Are you giving the love you wish to give? And in all that giving and receiving of love, make sure to dole out some of that to yourself as well. Spoon it in with daily affirmations and replacing lower vibrational thoughts with higher ones. Where would you like more love, tenderness, and guidance in your life? How can you give that to yourself?

 

Leo | Justice + Skull of Flowers

Creating through the ashes…

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Justice comes to play for you this season Leo. Whether things work out the way you expect them to or not, be mindful that you can overcome. You can rebuild. New things are waiting to be planted now that lady justice has leveled her scales. The playing field is even now – even if you have to start from scratch. This energy is prime for rebirth and renewal. Like the scorched earth of the forest after a fire, new life will eventually sprout.

Virgo | 8 of Wands + Graveyard

Unnecessary fear…

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Go! Onward, Virgo! Leap forward, take the step. All the ‘what-ifs’, and ‘I don’t knows’ are unnecessary fears. Energy and time will be moving quickly for you this Autumn. Don’t waste it feeding and feeling trepidation. Things may be whirling around you so much and happening so quickly that your head is spinning. It may cause you to want to stay in place, frozen in fear. Learn to work with this energy to your advantage. You can get a lot accomplished this season if you stay organized, focused, and believe in yourself.

Libra | Queen of Wands + Trick or Treat

Mischief and play…

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Don’t be afraid to let your hair down and have a little fun this Autumn, Libra! It’s okay to have a little fun, but remember your responsibilities. Otherwise, the treat might turn into a trick! It’s like going out on Halloween night, making sure your costume is top notch, strutting your stuff from house to house to ensure you get the most candy, and then going home and binging on it. Don’t do it! It may be fun now, but you’ll be sick in the morning. Try to keep your impulses in check. Everything in moderation. You don’t want overindulgence to steal your shine this season.

Scorpio | 2 of Cups Reversed + Skull of Light

Illumination…

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It looks like we may be shining a light on our relationship dynamics this season Scorpio. What is just not working in your relationships? Is there a communication issue? Is one of you more emotional or ‘in tune’ while the other is more logical and out of touch with their feelings? This Autumn will be a time of trying to balance relationships – especially those of great importance to us. There will also be realizations this season as to whether things may be reconcilable or not. This may be a sensitive time for you, so make sure to take good care of yourself. Focus on what is for the best and highest good of all involved.

Sagittarius | The Wheel Reversed + Eternal Love

Love is love is love and it transcends physical death…

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As the wheel of the year turns again, the seasons change, the leaves fall away. This Fall will have a huge focus on love – love lost, love found, love that has changed shape. As the veil thins, you may be more aware of your loved ones in spirit surrounding and extending their love to you. Know that all things have a cycle. Things may be last for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. Energy never dies, it is simply transformed. Give thanks and gratitude this Autumn for the loving presences in your life – your parents, children, spouse, friends, fur babies, loved ones in spirit, even the woman who always smiles and waves when you pass her on the street.

Capricorn | 6 of Pentacles + Barmbrack

Sweetness and synergy…

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Weigh your options carefully Capricorn. Allow for an even exchange of energy to take place. You are creating the alchemy of your life. Your life is a recipe! Would you like to add more love? How about more honesty? Do you feel called to be more generous? You are the chef! How can you work with others more this Fall? How can you share your resources and bring more positivity to those around you? Open up more space for giving and sharing in your life this Autumn. You could even volunteer in a food drive or donate your time to a homeless shelter! Doing these things make you feel good and they also help to balance energy.

Aquarius | The Tower + Zombie

Control…

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Release the need for control this season Aquarius. That may feel hard to do right now, especially if you feel that things are out of control or crumbling around you. Don’t allow situations that are out of your control to change who you are and make you feel like less of yourself! Sometimes when we feel that we can’t get bearings on a situation, it is easier to shut down or find an escape than to accept the situation for what it is. We can’t micromanage everything. Occasionally, the Universe likes to shake us up to wake us up! To teach us how to be more in the flow. This Autumn, be more accepting of change and less rigid.

Pisces | Death + Forgiveness

Reducing burden…

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It seems like there will be some healing energy surrounding you this Autumn, Pisces. Transforming and changing the way you look at others, situations from the past, and your roles in them. Stripping away what is no longer you. In finding forgiveness for ourself and for others, we free ourselves from carrying the burdens of guilt, grief, anger, resentment, ego, fear, and so much more. These things only weigh us down on our journey. When we find forgiveness, true forgiveness, we can finally release and begin to heal more deeply than ever before.

Autumnal Awesomeness Spread

Happy Fall lovely ones! Autumn is by far my favorite season for multiple reasons – October, crisp air, Halloween, pumpkin spice lattes… I designed this spread to Celebrate the Awesome that is Autumn with just a few of them! Thinking of bringing your tarot cards to the bonfire? Divining for answers while munching some scrumptious pumpkin pie? This is the perfect spread to try.

If you try this spread and love how it works for you, be sure to post it on Instagram! Just use the hashtag #autumnalawesomness so we can share in the Awesome that is Autumn together!

*Feel free to use tarot and/or oracle cards with this spread. I used the Psychic Tarot for the Heart oracle deck for my own reading. Check out my personal reading below to see how this spread can work for you. Give it a go with some of your fave oracle decks!

xo Ariel

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Dead leaves | Transformation – What needs to Fall away? What do you need to crunch underfoot?
My Card: Release
I am currently in the process of releasing lots of things from the past and the present. As I release these things, I need to truly let them go and not keep thinking about them. This feels like I need to just keep moving forward and not look behind me.
Bonfire | Warm + Toasty – Where will things be heating up for you this Autumn?
My Card: Opportunity Beckons
Yay! Looks like some new opportunities may be coming up this Fall! This feels like a reminder to keep fueling my fire and passion. Doors will be opening on the other side of the release. I can’t walk through them if I’m looking back at what I’ve already let go of.
Pumpkin Pie | Savor This – Where is the sweetness?
My Card: Choose Your Battles
I have been definitely learning how to choose my battles wisely lately! It is just not worth the time or energy to feed into another’s negativity. This resonates with me as a message of protection as the Wheel of the Year turns yet again. It is also a reminder to not let ego control my words or actions when my pride may be hurt.
Horror Film | Fear + Anxiety – Where are you afraid? What are you hiding from?
My Card: Feeling Alone
*Sigh. Yes, Universe, I know this is something that always comes up for me. This is definitely a fear of mine and one I have been working through for many years. I guess this Autumn will be no different lol. Progress has been made, but there is always work to do.
Hot Cocoa | Comfort – Where can you bring more comfort to yourself?
My Card: Seek
I love this card! It totally feels like sitting in quiet meditation, chatting with my spirit guides, and conversing with the birds. Feeling Mother Nature’s energy and seeking peace inside of it! This Fall may be a time of learning and seeking out new information.
Horn of Plenty | Gratitude – Where should you be more thankful? How can you focus more on gratitude?
My Card: Embrace
I need to embrace situations for what they are – both the good and the bad. To honor the balance in all things. This is a reminder to embrace others and love them as I wish to be embraced and loved. To connect with the collective and the collective unconscious. This also encourages me to send healing to others/the world as a show of gratitude for the blessings I have in my life.

 

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Here’s a photo of my Autumnal Awesomeness reading feat. The Psychic Tarot for the Heart Oracle Deck by John Holland

What your Loved Ones in Spirit Want you to Know

In the writing of this blog post, I opened up to our loved one’s on the Other Side and asked them what are the most prominent messages that they would like there loved one’s on the Earth plane to know. This is what they told me…

We’re not really dead

Although we may not share the same physical space in a physical body, does not mean we are dead and gone. Just because our bodies have gone back to the earth, our spirit, our soul lives on forever. This energy cannot be destroyed. It is just transformed. This may be hard to understand but please know that when you hear our favorite song on the radio, you remember a funny joke we told, or you feel a gentle touch on your shoulder, that we are there.

We still love you

Just because we are no longer living, does not mean that our love has disappeared as well. It will never fizzle. In fact, it is stronger than ever. We share in your joys and try to bring comfort to your pains. We watch your growth and we forgive your mistakes. We are your biggest cheerleaders! We are there through births, illnesses, new jobs, moving, marriages, divorces, graduations, and deaths. We support you through it all. The love we have for you is unconditional and everlasting.

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Yes, when you talk to us, we can hear you

In those moments where you just wish for a message from us, for a sign, a hug, for some sound advice. When you talk with us before she walks down the aisle, when you hold your newborn child for the first time and say ‘Oh mom, isn’t she beautiful?’ In those moments when you beg for mercy and comfort, and in desperation when you plead for strength. We hear you. We understand. When you think of us, when you call out our name, we are there. We do our best to help you and even send loving people your way to help guide you. Keep your eyes open for the blessings and help we send your way. Just be aware it may not come in the way that you expect it to.

Let go of unnecessary fear + You are protected

Oh darlings, let go of fear. It holds you back from all the beauty your life can hold. From who you were born to be and the life you were meant to live. If you could see all of the wonderful things that the future holds for you, you would dive right in! Fear of failure is unnecessary for we are always with you. Don’t be afraid to take a leap of faith. The unknown is a scary place to be at times yes, but that is where strength that you did not know you possessed is able to create breakthroughs. It is where ‘Aha!’ moments are born.  There is nothing to fear but fear itself. Stop allowing it to paralyze you. You must face it in order to grow. Know that we are here loving and supporting you. You are never alone. We surround you in our loving protection always.

xo Ariel