Mirror in The Moon 

Little pieces of your destiny lie at your feet, glinting in the moonlight. The puzzle of all puzzles! How do you build your fate, construct your destiny, piece by glimmering piece? What do you think you will have created once everything fits together perfectly and is firmly glue in place?


As we go through life, we may feel we are on a path, yet are unsure of where it will lead us. Like The Moon in tarot, all is not ready to be revealed. Break the illusion of who you believe you should be when you look in the mirror. Destroy the vision of what you think your life should look like. What is the fun, where is the blessing, in having a cookie cutter life? A one size fits all?

These broken shards of glass that you are slowly piecing together, piece by sometimes agonizing piece, will one day form a complete reflection of who you are. You’re still building, working, striving to be your best you. Let go of the illusion that you are flawed. The illusion that your life is a mess. You are being divinely guided to your soul purpose – what is such a mess about that?

xo Ariel 

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🐝Busy Bee | Willpower + The 8 of Pentacles

How can you harness your inner worker bee? How can you keep your drive and momentum going when you have mountains to climb, rivers to cross, and a tornado of to-do lists in your path?

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Eight of Pentacles from Lumina Tarot  (Inner Hue, 1st ed.)


The 8 of Pentacles asks you to have a place for everything and everything in it’s place. Where are your priorities currently? Organization is the key to productivity and proficiency. This card also invites you to start creating healthy habits now, so that when you do feel overwhelmed, you won’t throw caution to the wind and waiver from what you know does in fact work.

When working with the intensely dedicated energy of the Eight of Pentacles, keep your Solar Plexus chakra strong, balanced, and vibrant. Crystals associated with this chakra, like citrine, are filled with the vibration of success and empowerment. This can definitely help to provide an extra push when you’re really striving to achieve your personal best!

The worker bee asks invites you to get into your creative flow. Tap into your energetic drive. Tune the world out for a little while and hone in on your work. Give it as much concentrated effort as possible. What does it take for you to get in the zone and how do you know once you’re there?

xo Ariel

What to Do When You’re Tired of Being the Bigger Person | Maven Mindset

We all have times where we get into arguments with those that we love. If you’re like me, you have often found yourself in the position where you have to be the bigger person in the situation. But what do you do when you’re the one who always has to be the responsible adult? The one who lets it go. When you don’t want to shrink on your beliefs or feelings for the sake of a peaceful night, because you resent never being able to just speak your mind without ridicule. When you feel like you’re forfeiting your dignity and intelligence to suffer in silence. When you’re angry because that one person is just not listening to you, here is how you can hold sacred space for yourself.

Lumina Tarot (Inner Hue)


The World

Connect with your guides and angels in meditation. What qualities does this person have that are bothering you so deeply and why? Try to form a deeper sense of understanding. Ask your guides to help you with this. If this is a family issue, ask your Ancestors to come in to help clear up any karma and to begin ancestral or bloodline healing. Extend love and forgiveness to the person. It’s not as much for them as it is for you so that you’re not allowing bitterness and resentment to take over your energy and harden your heart. Oh ya, and of course send them love and light like the high vibe lightworker you are!

The Devil

Avoid addictive behaviors resulting from an ‘F – it’ attitude. You won’t hurt them by doing this, the only person you’ll really be hurting is yourself. Resist the urge to lash out. Don’t leave them lying in the dust after you stampede. Don’t trample what is already a probably a very fragile ego. Yes, it may feel good in the moment to take out your agressions, frustrations, and disappointments on this person, however it doesn’t heal the situation. Remember that it’s their lesson too. It’s not your problem if they’re not ready to learn it.

Two of Cups

Talk with others about the situation. Find common ground with the offender, but don’t be afraid of setting boundaries! Remember the good qualities they have however, don’t romanticize them or the situation. Protect yourself. Why keep giving to a person who is not willing or open to receive? Don’t cry over spilled milk whether it’s wasted time or energy. Pick up your cup, wash it clean of their bs, and take it with you as you meet others who believe in kindness, compassion, and an even exchange of energy. Refill your cup with love, understanding, and appreciation.

Justice

Trust that the Universe will handle it. Karma will level the scales. Do not be unfair or unjust to this person even though the human part of you wants to snub them like they’ve snubbed you. Don’t worry about wanting them to hurt as much as they’ve hurt you. Get rid of that low vibrational thinking. Take the high road!  The Universe has already laid a plan. This situation, this person, has come into your life to teach you a lesson. Perhaps it may even be a karmic relationship if this type of thing happens repeatedly or if you notice a pattern. How can you break the cycle?

Hope this helps you keep your power when you feel like someone you love is trying to take it away.

xo Ariel

Awakening the Magic Within | The Magician 

You don’t need the next hot thing to make your tarot or spiritual practice effective. As you scroll through Instagram, there is a bombardment of color! From shiny glittering crystals to vibrant new tarot decks, social media has it all. You may feel like you need to have ‘all of the things’ to make your practice deeper, more high vibe, or just all around trendy. You don’t want to feel like you’re missing out on anything – trust me, I get it! But I am here to tell you that you don’t need all of the wonderful smelling essential oils, reiki charged candles, juicy crystals, luscious incense, and hot new decks to make your practice worthwhile.

Remember – you are your practice. Not who you show the world, but who you actually are inside. You are a living embodiment of the work you’re doing. The most fabulous products that money can buy won’t change that. So when you’re itching for the hot new thing, just know that you already have all you need to manifest your desires.

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The Magician from Lumina Tarot (Inner Hue, 1st ed.)

You have mystical flowing intuition that guides you and connects you to the Universe. Your spirit, your soul, is filled with a natural will power and determination for success. You have a brilliant mind and intellect to plan a course of action. And you have a body to use these gifts and make them a reality through the power of your human hands.

Go back to basics. Work with the natural tools the Universe has blessed you with – fire, water, earth, and air. Your ancestors worked with nature and all of her gifts. They used what the land and Spirit blessed them with. They didn’t need to be trendy to trust that their practice was relevant! They didn’t need validation from the tools they were using. Their connection was their validation! Work with your guides. Co-create with Spirit! For you inherently are a natural manifestor and a Magician of the ages.

xo Ariel 

Gaian Tarot Deck Interview

The Gaian Tarot has had my eye for almost a year now and for good reason. She is a breath of fresh air! I especially love how the artist included people of all colors, shapes, ages, and sizes in this deck, as well as the elements of nature and the beautiful creatures of our planet. The images are stunning and it feels like a ‘welcome home old friend’ kind of deck. Relaxed, inspired, down to earth, comforting, and loving – just as any deck with ‘Gaia’ in the name should be!

I decided immediately upon her unboxing, that it was important to do a deck interview with her, and right away too. I don’t always get this feeling from decks, however I knew our relationship would be different. She had something very important to share with me. The questions in this deck interview tarot spread were either created by TABI (Tarot Association of the British Isles) or someone on Aeclectic Tarot, I’m not sure which. I however, found this spread through the lovely tarotista Beth Maiden of Little Red Tarot

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Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert (Schiffer Publishing, 2016)

Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?

Elder of Earth – She is the ultimate provider. Crafty and kind. Resourceful and knowledgeable. Fruitful, abundant, and well loved. Seasoned and wise. Understanding and sympathetic. Responsible. She is connected to all of time, to the weaving of fate, for there is no beginning and no end to her wisdom.

What are your strengths as a deck?

Elder of Air – She is a fantastic communicator! Her words a melodious symphony. Her voice is like the whisper of the wind and clear as a bell. She communicates in such a grounded and reachable way, so that all who encounter her can comprehend her message. A language of divine wisdom, that we as humans, creatures who live on this planet, inherently understand. When you hear what she has to stay, you will stop and listen.

What are your limits as a deck?

The Moon – This deck is not what you would call intuitive. She is earthy. Her concepts are very tangible and real. She will not give you all of the answers as she realizes the importance of facing the fear of the unknown. The importance of being present in the moment and living your journey. Part of the wisdom she shares is the paramount power contained in the learning of lessons.

What are you here to teach me?

Three of Fire – Freedom of expression. To allow my soul to dance in warmth and light. She is here to get me moving to the beat of the Universe again! To ignite my passion and celebrate life. To be strong in my creativity and to know that it is safe to do so. I also feel that she is here to remind me of the importance of working with my lower 3 chakras (Root, Sacral, & Solar Plexus) and the role they play in my sense of joy and independence. She wants me to remember the full expression of who I am. To acknowledge the earth plane and rejoice with her. Thanks Gaian Tarot  🙂

How can I best learn and collaborate with you?

Explorer of Fire – Dare and do. All I need to do is to pick her up and give her a shuffle. She is ready, waiting, and willing to help! She invites me to have confidence and to act on the knowledge she gives me – especially seeing as she has been around a time or two and knows the ropes (remember the Elder of Earth). She does not give empty guidance. Don’t ask if I am not willing to listen. Create with her and do not be afraid to share the results!

What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?

The Seeker – Discovery. Adventure. Wonderment and freedom. Play and new beginnings. The excavation of the truth of my soul. She will bring a refreshed and soul nurturing energy to my readings. We can create anything we wish together. The story has yet to be written, but she is excited for the journey of our spiritual quest together.

As I’m writing this, having completed this interview, the lyrics of Natasha Beddingfield’s song “Unwritten” comes to mind: “Feel the rain on your skin. No one else can feel it for you. Only you can let it in. No one else, no one else, can speak the words on your lips…Today is where your book begins. The rest is still unwritten.”

If you’d like to learn more about the creator behind this work of art, please check out the author’s website here

Do you have this gem of a deck? If so, what are your thoughts? What has the Gaian Tarot taught you thus far in your journey together?

Blessings,

xo Ariel

Grateful Gatherings Spread

Happy Season of Gratitude!
I’ve designed this spread as a fun way to check-in with ourselves and what we may be bringing to the table this holiday season. Each position in this spread is representative of some of the energies you may see represented at your gatherings this year! Feel free to work with both oracle and tarot cards in this spread!
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  1. The Table – Where is there stability in your life?
  2. Cornucopia – What abundance is overflowing in your life?
  3. Wishbone – How are your manifesting abilities at this time?
  4. Food Coma – Where are you sleeping too much/being lazy in your life?
  5. Holding Hands – How can you be more of service to others at this time?
Feel free to use tarot and/or oracle cards when working the spread. I tried it myself and absolutely loved, loved, loved it! So spot on. Curious to know what the energy surrounding the general collective is this holiday season? Be sure to watch the YouTube video that goes along with this spread to see how to do it for yourself and for a reading for the general collective!   You can watch it here!
How can you be more grateful in your life this holiday season? Let me know what you think! If you do this spread for yourself and put it on social media, be sure to use #gratitudeistheattitude 
Stay grateful lovelies!
Gobble, gobble

xo Ariel

8 Tarot Cards for Samhain, The Magick of All Hallows Eve

As Samhain draws ever near, I think more of the blessings it brings to us – the wisdom, the challenges, the mystery. The thinner the veil gets, the ever more present and stronger these vibrations become. I can definitely feel the chill of spirit all around me – don’t you?!

Let’s talk about the energy of Samhain and all of her majesty!

If you’re interested in learning about my views on ouija boards, dream visitations, spiritual protection, transformation, change, new moon intention setting, and more, watch my Samhain/Halloween + New Moon in Scorpio Tarot + Oracle Readings YouTube Video where I shuffle some of my favorite spooky decks and see what my cards and guides have to say to us this Halloween + New Moon. It was definitely a ton of fun!  Just click the link to view. Also be sure to read the blog post Honoring your Ancestors Beyond just Samhain for some great tips on connecting with your loved ones in spirit on Samhain or any day of the year!

Here are some of my favorite Tarot cards to help us connect with the magical vibes of All Hallows Eve.

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The High Priestess + The Magician

Secrets. Mystery. Heightened intuition. Increased psychic ability. This is what the High Priestess brings to us on Samhain! The veil is between the worlds is thin, which is great for divination and tapping in to the unknown. Listen to and trust your intuition at this time as you will be more in tune with the energy of things around you. The Magician says spell work or any other witchy woo thing you do will be extremely powerful at this time, especially with your intuition a flame from the energy and esoteric wisdom the High Priestess brings to us. Manifestation abilities are at one of the highest points they will be at all year, especially since the New Moon on October 30th (2016) gives us an extra boost of manifesting power! What is your intention? What do you wish to create? Where is your will daring you to go? The Magician says ‘Do it! Make it yours!’

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Death + Six of Ghosts

Transformation. Rebirth. Change. Spirit Communication. Childhood Memories. As Samhain falls under the sign of Scorpio, we are getting a double dose of the need for transformation, evolution, and change. Why do you have to put on a costume to feel safe enough to allow hidden parts of yourself to shine through? Take off your mask! An air of rebirth is all around. Allow old skin to shed away. With change comes growth! Death and the Six of Ghosts remind us to connect with our loved ones in Spirit. Can’t you feel their presence around you more clearly now? As the veil gets thinner, it becomes easier for us to communicate with and sense the presence of those on the other side. Honor them during this season. Reminisce on what you did together when they were alive and the type of person they were. Commune with the dead. Perhaps visit their final resting place and leave flowers on their headstone. Send them your love as you light a candle for their soul. All Hallows Eve is a time of remembrance of our loved ones who have passed on. It is also a time of nostalgia whether that be through memories of time shared with those who have died or through letting our inner child come out to play for a night.

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The Hanged Man + The Hierophant

Pause. Let go. Surrender your fear. The Hanged Man asks for trust and faith. He asks for patience and for a change of perspective. Combined with The Hierophant, we are asked at this time of year to dig deep and search for our spiritual truths. What do you hold most sacred? What does your ancient soul tell you? Let go of conformity. Move on from fear. Surrender to Spirit in full trust. Feel the magick of your soul and its immortal truth. What wisdom does it have to share? Evaluate your beliefs and if some of them start to unravel, let them fall away.

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Three of Ghosts + Judgment

Reflection. Togetherness. Facing the darkness of your soul. Samhain is a great time for celebration – get festive! Decorate with gourds, drink some tart apple cider, and bake that pumpkin pie! It is also the perfect time of year for shadow work and the rediscovery your power. By reflecting on past errors, celebrating past wins, and learning lessons from each, you can begin to take back your power as you face the shadow within. By facing our fears and the uncharted darker parts of ourselves, we make way for a deeper connection with and integration of our soul. We learn to rise again in the face of adversity. Just as if you were trying to make your way through a pretty terrifying haunted house, the only way out is to keep moving forward! It is also a time to commune with your ancestors and loved ones in the living and in spirit. The energy is perfect for a ‘mini life review’ with your spirit guides!

Grab a ‘Spooktacular’ reading with me over at the Maven Unmasked Etsy Shop

Stay spooky witches. Samhain Blessings!

xo Ariel

 

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.

Spiritual Awakening & Trusting Yourself | Maven Mindset

Trusting yourself is often one of the most difficult things we have to learn to do in our lives. Self doubt and the overcoming of it is a huge part of the Ascension Process. Think about this – when you are with someone you don’t trust, you don’t go off with them on crazy adventures or truly heed their advice. They may make you nervous, uncomfortable, or even wary. When you have a lack of trust in you, you are giving that very energy to yourself! Don’t treat yourself like the strangers your mother warned you to stay away from. Your Higher Self wants to take you on a grand and mystical adventure full of synchronicity and wonder! Yet, that is hard to do without relaxing into full trust in yourself, who you are, and the Universe. When you don’t fully trust, you hold yourself back – your smile is shaky and not as wide, your laughter not as deep, your voice small and quiet. Get to know yourself by trusting yourself! Don’t you want to be able to tune in to your Higher Self and know that the information you’re receiving is for your best and highest good? When you fully trust in yourself, you allow yourself to fully and deeply experience. The best way to begin that process is to trust in YOU!

Trust Yourself (Sacred Rebels Oracle)

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When you lack self trust and confidence, your world stays small and colorblind. When you listen to and trust yourself, so much beauty is released all around you! Color and endless opportunity light up your world! Synchronistic events will occur with increasing frequency when you trust the intuitive hits and signs you get from the Universe. These signs may come to you as repeating numbers (like seeing 333 or 468 or 999 etc. over and over), animals appearing to you (read about my experience with fox), or when what you’ve been trying to manifest seems to fall into place piece by piece.

Your Higher Self will never tell you anything negative, will not be condescending, and definitely not judgmental. Your Higher Self looks out for you in the best and most healthy ways to help you grow and change for the better. Your Ego on the other hand wants to protect itself. Your Ego can be harsh, critical, prideful, and fear driven. Ego has a very loud, boisterous, and interrupting voice while your Higher Self is much more quiet, loving, and gentle.

Imagine (Wisdom of the Oracle)

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Imagine what trusting yourself can do for your dreams and goals! For example, there’s a company you’ve been dying to work with and they start to show interest in you. You’re feeling pressured to make a business deal but something in you is telling you this may not be such a good move, so you decide not to go through with it. Then you find out down the road that the company has a history of fraud. By trusting yourself and listening to the feeling that this deal was not in alignment with your Higher Self or purpose, you avoid all the trouble of having been caught up in an association with that company therefore saving the reputation of your business. We often put pressure on ourselves to do what we think makes the best linear route to our goals, but the path to our goals is not always straight. Sometimes we have to take a zig zag route to get there. If your logical and analytical mind is telling you to go left but all the signs you’ve been receiving from the Universe, as well as your gut instincts, are telling you to go right (which is far off the beaten path for you), think about what you will have wished you had done down the road. When you look back will you be happy that you made the decision you did? Will you have wished you listened to your Higher Self? Pause and listen to your instincts. You’re feeling that way for a reason.

Here is another example, let’s say that your friend wants you to go to this party with them. You’re an introvert and parties aren’t really your thing, but something is jumping up and down inside you telling you to get dressed and go! You don’t feel comfortable around a large amount of people but you figure it would be nice to go out with your friend so you throw on your best little black dress and go to the event. At the event you end up meeting someone who designs websites. Lately you’ve been having trouble with your business page and so you decide to tell them about it. Bingo! You end up hitting it off with them and manage to get all your questions answered. You get your website up and running and the next thing you know, a magazine wants to feature one of your articles! You do that for a few years and realize you think you’re finally ready to start writing your manifesto and then BOOM! – you’ve written a best selling book! And it all started with that silly little dinner party all those years ago. Even when you’re afraid, trust yourself. Feel the fear and do it anyway. There is so much growth and opportunity presented to you when you do that! You never know what path it may lead you down. 

Spiritual Awakening:Conflict (Crystal Reading Cards)

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The Universe will often throw challenges our way to see how we respond to them – especially during the Spiritual Awakening process. I think of these as “tests” or “check-ups” of my trust in self and my intuition. The main one I’ve seen come up over and over again is conflict. Conflict is an opportunity for growth – at least Spirit sees it that way! Spirit wants to know how you have grown in the handling of different types of conflict, whether that be standing up for yourself when someone is talking down to you or how you react when having an argument with someone else. What you would have done in the past compared to your current handling of that type of interaction? If your intuition is telling you to drop it, that it’s not worth your time or energy, listen to that voice! If your Higher Self is telling you to be more assertive and to stand your ground, heed that advice! How well are you listening to that voice? Have you put Ego aside when dealing with these types of confrontations or do you let it do the talking for you? Do you trust what your Higher Self  has to tell you or are you too afraid to step out of your comfort zone and into a different (and higher) vibration?

Ace of Pentacles - Shadowscapes Tarot

feat. Shadowscapes Tarot

 

Trust in your intuition and Higher Self to tell you what is needed for continued growth on your journey of Spiritual Awakening. The path Spirit wants you to take may be rocky and nerve wracking compared to the easier road that the Ego has laid out before you. When you listen to your intuition during times of hardship and conflict, it builds more trust in yourself and your abilities, strengths, and prowess. It unleashes your confidence and faith. Without difficult circumstances or the confusion that comes with tough decisions, there would be no growth. Stepping away from old patterns of belief and behavior and away from your comfort zone, leads to more personal development than you can imagine. Change equals growth. Growth leads to new beginnings. New beginnings lead to more chances to shine your inner light even brighter! It’s not easy and takes hard work. When you trust in yourself, you plant the golden seeds dreams are made of.

By quieting the voice of Ego and tuning in to the world of Spirit and our Higher Self, we open the door for more abundance and opportunities. The more you listen to it, the stronger it will get. The Ascension Process calls for us to be aware and receptive to the messages we get from the Universe, Spirit, and our Higher Self. The more you trust in their guidance, the easier it is for them to guide you along your life path and soul purpose. So stop and listen intently to the Universe as she whispers her secrets to you.

xo Ariel

 

The H.A.P.P.I.N.E.S.S. Tarot Spread

Hi Lovelies! We could all use more happiness in our lives right?! Sometimes it just seems hard to grasp what may be blocking our sense of happiness. I designed this spread to do just that! This spread also looks at areas of your life to invite more happiness into. It is a great way to clarify when your feeling confused and can really help you break through the clouds and burst into the golden sunshine! This 9 card spread is pretty powerful I must say! It even made me scratch my head and re-evaluate my thought processes on some issues. This spread has definitely given me some inspiration and I hope it will do the same for you!

Maven's HAPPINESS Tarot Spread

Please Note: You don’t just have to use Tarot cards in this spread. Oracle cards are great as well! You can also pull 1 Tarot card and 1 Oracle card for each position.

HAPPINESS Spread cards

My H.A.P.P.I.N.E.S.S. Spread feat. The Wild Unknown Tarot                                            

Each position in this 9 card spread stands for a letter in the word HAPPINESS. I’ve added my personal reading to the description of the positions so you can get a better idea of how the spread can work for you!

H – Holding on too tightly
10 of Wands rx
Where have you been holding on too tightly in your life? What can you let go of and release to help you find more happiness? When we hold on too tightly to things that no longer serve us, we don’t allow room to receive that which is for our greatest and highest good. I got the 10 of Wands reversed – YAY! I’ve been struggling with carrying around too much baggage and stress. It’s nice to have finally set that ton of bricks down!

A – Acceptance
The Hanged Man rx
Where do you need to stop resisting and make way for allowance to happen? What truth do you need to accept that is holding you back from the happiness you seek? With The Hanged Man reversed, I need to stop struggling and being impatient about where I am on my spiritual journey. I need to work on accepting that I am where I am supposed to be, right now, in this moment. All will happen in Diving Right Timing.

P – Patience
10 of Swords
In what area of my life do I need to have more patience? Patience is something I struggle with a lot. Impatience can really be a block to your happiness. When you’re impatient, you are living in the future and not focusing on the present moment. Remember, the present is a gift. I’ve been feeling a little hurt that things are not moving along as fast as I would like them to. Sometimes I get discouraged and wonder if I am doing the right thing as shown in the 10 of Swords. Here again, everything works out in Divine Right Timing.

P – Passion
7 of Wands rx
Where does your passion lie? Are you going after it effectively? What does the passion burning inside you want you to know most right now? I am letting my inner flame burn within but sometimes have trouble expressing it outwardly. I may even have a little fear of standing out in a crowd with the 7 of Wands reversed. (Yikes, I have a lot of reversals in this spread – lol!)

I – Intuition
The World rx
How can you ignite your intuition? What may be blocking it and what can you do to fan the flames? In The World reversed, I see a need for me to connect more with nature and community. This is an encouragement to deepen my connection to Spirit and in doing so, deepening my connection to all that is. We are all connected.

N – Nurturing
The Hermit rx
What can I do to be more nurturing to myself in the cultivation of happiness? How can I offer a more nurturing attitude towards life and self? Looks like I’m not getting enough “me” time with The Hermit reversed! I need to slow down, go deep within, and meditate more. Cultivate more quiet and peace of mind. I also think is a reminder to ground and shield myself as I go about my day to protect me from harmful or negative energies that can be draining. I’m an empath and don’t shield myself as much as I should. I do think this is also a warning not to spend too much time isolating myself. Every once is a while I should poke my head out of my comfy shell and have some fun with others 🙂

 
E – Empowerment
The Lovers
Feeling empowered is an essential part of happiness. Where am I empowered? How can I gain empowerment? What situation in my life is calling for me to be more empowered? Yay! – finally another card that isn’t a reversal!! Woohoo! The Lovers are telling me to make more empowered decisions on my happiness journey. Choice is empowering! Choice is freedom. I have the option to do what makes me happy everyday – to wake up and choose to smile like the sun is shining even when things look dreary outside. That is empowerment in a nutshell my friends! The love you give and receive can be empowering as well. Empowerment is freedom. Freedom is choice.

S – Spirituality
Father of Swords rx
What can I do to enhance my spirituality? What does my spirituality do for my sense of happiness? How does having a spiritual practice deepen my sense of happiness? My spirituality allows me to get out of my over analyzing head (that’s my Moon in Aquarius always busy at work) so much as seen in the Father of Swords reversed. It helps to give me balance and to quiet my mind. It helps me to understand others and to be more open and empathetic. My spirituality keeps me from being over critical of myself. It helps me to focus on the present moment instead of focusing on the ‘what ifs’ of life. It brings me back to center. My spiritual practice helps me to look within for the answers to my most pressing questions. It definitely adds more color to my life!

S – Sparkle
Daughter of Swords rx
How can I add more sparkle to my life? Where do I sparkle and shine? What could be blocking/dulling my sparkle? What can I do to keep shining brightly even on the darkest night? I sparkle when I use my intuition to help others! I also think the Daughter of Swords reversed is telling me to speak up more in my life! To express my truth freely and clearly. This is a message for me to share my bright ideas with the world – without fear! It is a message to have more faith and confidence in my thoughts and beliefs, therefore allowing me to sparkle like the gem I am! Expressing my personal truth can also be of help to others.

I hope this spread allows you grow and cultivate more happiness in your life. It all starts from within! Let me know how this spread works for you!

Stay radiant Sunshine!

xo Ariel