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Card Spreads & Preparing to Read

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How to prepare & use your Tarot cards including Spreads


The Tarot is a valuable tool that enhances our creativity and problem-solving capabilities. Too often we are not able to see viable alternatives or solutions to problems because we are so enmeshed in the situation we are inquiring about. The simple act of laying a spread forces us to separate ourselves from distractions and concentrate solely on the object of our inquiry. The Tarot allows us to explore alternatives we may not have originally thought of and shows the circumstance in a way that can reveal aspects of the problem previously overlooked. The Tarot can show hidden agendas and solutions we may not have considered, particularly if we are deeply involved in the problem.

Preparing to Use the Tarot
Before using the Tarot you should prepare to give an insightful reading by first centering yourself, using meditation techniques that will help to intensify the mood of the reading and focus your mind. Find a quiet, serene place where you can perform the reading undisturbed. Some people have a special table set aside for such readings, but an accurate reading is possible anywhere.

After centering, hold the Tarot deck in your hands for a few moments to transfer the energy of the question into the deck, and envision yourself enveloped in a protective white light. This white light will protect you from any negative or mischievous energy forms that may try to interfere with the card layout or interpretation. While you are imagining yourself and the Tarot inside the cocoon of white light, say a short prayer to your God, spirit guide, or higher self to help gain insight into the circumstances that prompted the reading, thus helping you to fully interpret the spread.
Feel free to use any system of preparation you feel comfortable with, there are no hard and fast rules for conducting a reading. The main point to remember is that you, the reader, should he centered and removed from the activities of the outside world so that you can give an accurate reading.

If, after attempting to center yourself, you are still unsettled or preoccupied with outside events, you should put the Tarot away and try later when you feel more at ease. Additionally, if you are depressed or feel a lot of negativity around yourself the reading will likely reflect these ambivalent emotions. It is therefore best to try to maintain a positive attitude during the reading, as well as about life in general, to ensure a productive interpretation of the cards.
If you are emotionally involved in the situation that prompted the reading it may be a good idea to ask someone to perform it for you, when we desire a situation to be resolved in a certain way, we may read into the cards what we want them to say instead of what they are really trying to tell us.

When embarking upon any activities that help us to tap into our higher consciousness to gain enlightenment, it is essential that our bodies are as clean as our minds. It is all the more difficult to gain enlightenment when our bodies are polluted with chemicals in the form of alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and even food. Alcohol is a depressant that dulls our senses and loosens our inhibitions. When we smoke cigarettes, our etheric vision is dulled, causing us to perceive situations and events incorrectly. Even food can be harmful when it is abused.

Laying Out the Tarot Spread
After you have prepared yourself for the reading you can begin laying the cards out into the spread that you and the querent have decided upon. Start by shuffling the deck to mingle the energy of the question into the cards. After shuffling, cut the deck into three even piles, using your left hand. The left side of the body is considered the subconscious or intuitive side, so your subconscious will be helping you as you cut the deck. After three equal piles have been formed, select the one that you (or the querent) feel has the answer to the question. Using the left hand, you can begin laying the cards.

An alternate method of laying the cards is to shuffle the deck in the manner described above and spread the entire deck face down across a table or flat surface in a fashion where each individual card can be seen and selected. With the left hand, intuitively pull each card that will he used in the reading.

When a Card Falls Out While Shuffling
When a card falls our while shuffling, it often carries information relevant to the question being asked. The card may either answer the question or provide relevance to the reading. It can add flavour to the question being asked or refer to a different situation entirely.
When a card falls our during the shuffling process you have two options. II you feel that the card is the answer lo your question, you can study and interpret it, and then discontinue1 the reading. If you feel the card simply adds extra insight into the situation you can lay the card to the .side and proceed with the reading. When you have finished with the reading you should interpret the card that fell out, as it will give clues to the overall theme of the reading or add extra information that was not included in the spread.

Upright or Reversed Card Laying Methods
Some readers place all of the cards upright while laying a spread while others lay the cards out in the format they were in as they were pulled from the deck. Some Taro Masters only give card interpretations for the upright position, while others interpret both upright and reversed placements.
In the reversed method each of the seventy-eight cards has two distinct meanings, depending on whether it is laid out in an upright or reversed position, giving you156 different meanings for the Tarot. The upright method of reading the cards incorporates both the positive and negative meanings and only provides seventy-eight meanings for the entire deck. The Tarot reader must therefore exercise extreme caution not to misinterpret the meaning of a card when performing a reading using this upright method, and should stress both the positive and negative issues surrounding each card.
Some people feel that when reading cards in the reversed position, the routine, day-to-day events of the here and now are being looked at. When reading the cards only in the upright position, however, a more spiritual level of awareness is sought, therefore uncovering elements of a more esoteric nature. When reading the cards, the important thing to remember is that the answer to the question will be revealed by looking at the graphical representation of the archetype portrayed in the card. With this in mind, some people may find attempting to interpret a card distracting when it is upside down.

When to Perform Another Reading
Sometimes it may be necessary to perform an additional reading, which will become evident to the reader during the session. When the card placed in the outcome or result position of the spread is a court card, this indicates that the answer to the question lies with a person associated with that card. After the querent has identified who the person indicated in the reading could be, the reader should perform a second reading, concentrating on how the person in question will influence the situation.

We may perform a Tarot reading where the card in the outcome or result position is ambiguous, and we cannot make out the meaning of the reading. This can be especially so when we are first learning to use the Tarot and have not yet developed the art of visualising or picture-thinking, which is necessary in order to accurately interpret the meanings of the cards. The most direct method of obtaining information for the card is to perform the four-card “What Does This Card Mean?” spread, which gives additional insight into the card’s meaning.

Some readers use the same tarot layout as the original reading to obtain information on the meaning of the card of which they are not sure. For example, if the card in the outcome position of a Celtic Cross reading was vague or inconclusive, the reader would then commence another Celtic Cross leading to gain further insight on the meaning of that particular card. To gain further illumination many readers place the final card in the previous reading in the first position of the second reading to focus energy into how that particular card will affect the outcome.

There are other times when the reader will find it necessary to perform an additional reading. If a spread of ten cards or less contains more than four cards from the Major Arcana, the reading should be discontinued and a new one begun, using only the cards from the Major Arcana. In drawing more than four cards from the Major Arcana, our higher consciousness is telling us that a higher level of understanding of the Tarot is needed for that particular reading. The Major Arcana alone provides information that is much more spiritual than would normally be gleaned from a spread using the full seventy-eight-card deck. The cards associated with the four suits pertain primarily to normal, day-to-day activities, while the cards from the Major Arcana refer to how our soul is evolving and growing in its present incarnation. A reading using only the twenty-two major arcana indicates that the querent is encountering major life issues, and his or her soul is ready for growth and transformation.

When to Use Only the Major Arcana in a Reading
There may be times when we will want to use only the Major Arcana when giving a reading. These are times when we are going through a period of spiritually significant growth, and a reading using only the Major Arcana will enable us to understand the esoteric influences surrounding us that had prompted us to seek guidance in resolving our problems. These readings will give much insight and clarity into the situation and show the influences that are surreptitiously around us, and which we have overlooked in our attempts to deal with reality.

There will also be times when our higher self is prompting a more meaningful reading that will be readily apparent after the cards have been laid out, such as when four or more major trumps appear. When this occurs, the cards should be picked up and relaid, using only the Major Arcana. A spread of four or more cards from the Major Arcana indicates the reading needs to take place on a more evolved level of understanding. The message derived from such a reading will tend to be much more profound and reveal significant information that is essential to our spiritual growth and evolvement.

Free Will Versus Destiny
Many believe the prediction of an oracle to be permanently engraved in stone, which is simply not the case. Any reading merely gives advice or indicates what is likely to happen if we continue on our current path, but we can change the reading any time we make a conscious decision to do so. The decisions we make daily alter and change our destiny; thus our life paths are fluid and constantly changing with our soul development. If we receive a reading we don’t like, we have the ability to use our free will to change its outcome. Conversely, if we receive a reading with a positive outcome, we may need to take certain steps to assure the result that we would like. We have free will over our own destiny and can create any environment or life circumstance that we so choose.

Many querents make the mistake of hanging on to every word a reader says instead of relying on the inherent knowledge each of us possesses. Any reputable reader will advise the client of their free will, and will mention trends he or she is likely to encounter based upon their stage of development during the time of the consultation.

A Word about Ethics
Any person using intuitive abilities in doing a reading must be careful not to predict dire events which could cause the querent serious concern. The Tarot is a very subtle tool and many negative events manifesting in the reading may not be quite so devastating when put into proper perspective. An example of this is the Death card in the Major Arcana, which represents transformations and major change. Although the card can in some cases represent an actual death, it often manifests itself as the death of an outmoded concept or idea, allowing for regeneration and rebirth. In such instances, Death may not necessarily predict dire events, but the refinement and attunement of the situation that prompted the reading in the first place. Another card that can be wrongly interpreted is The Tower, which usually means shedding old layers and removing debris to clear the way for positive change. Of course, for positive events to occur some unpleasantness may transpire in the process, but the ultimate result should affirm an improved state of being after the necessary actions have taken place. Additionally, The Lovers, often perceived to represent those soul mate unions we encounter in our lives, could actually indicate a marriage of necessity or a love triangle of some sort. Therefore, we must exercise discretion to properly interpret the cards ss they fall, in order to give the querent all possible alternatives.

Readers must be careful not to let their own prejudices interfere, such as when a well-meaning person tries to read for a friend who is going through difficulties and ends up spicing the situation up with his or her own opinions, which is actually a form of manipulation. Many people can be susceptible to suggestions; for this reason the Tarot reader has a great deal of power over the querent when giving a reading. This influence should be used responsibly, and with a great deal of discretion. Most forms of divination, no matter how expertly done, are never totally accurate because we all have free will and are constantly altering the future. Therefore, we should always try to be positive when giving readings, because a negative or pessimistic comment could end up becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy.

It is important to note that a reading should never be performed without a person’s permission. When giving an unrequested reading, the reader is invading another’s privacy, as well as behaving in a grossly unprofessional manner. It is highly unlikely that an accurate reading could be obtained through such activities, because the energy of the person in question, a vital component for any divination, would be missing and therefore invalidate any interpretations.

Choosing a Significator
The significator is a card in the spread that represents the querent. One of the court cards within the Minor Arcana is normally selected as the significator, but the readings here have been intentionally modified to make this card unnecessary. The significators have been replaced with a theme card because more insight can be gained from the reading if the card is randomly dealt from the deck instead of intentionally selected. The theme card will generally reflect the tone of the situation, and further illuminates the reading as a whole.
If the reader would rather use a significator he/she only needs to replace the theme card, which is selected at random, with the significator, which is pulled from the deck before shuffling and dealing.
While the significator is normally one of the court cards some readers prefer using cards from the Major Arcana because they are considered to represent more highly evolved archetypal entities and therefore bring us to a more spiritual level of being.

Tarot Journal
To fully understand how the Tarot applies to our lives, it is useful to keep a Tarot Journal, recording the date, question asked, the spread, interpretation of the cards, and any notes for future reference. When we ask the Tarot a specific question and record it in our journal, we can later review the answer to see how the readings have unfolded and ultimately revealed the truth that we needed to know.
A Tarot journal helps us to remember the meanings of the cards, as the very act of recording the reading is an invaluable tool for memory improvement, and will help us learn the more intricate meanings of the cards. When we can remember the meanings of the cards without the aid of reference material then we are on our way to giving competent readings for others.

Your first Spread
When Tarot students are just beginning their journey, they may not understand the full meaning of a card that has been drawn. The “What Does This Card Mean?” spread is a very simple four-card spread that is useful for gaining insight into the card’s relevance.

What Does This Card Mean? Spread
Card 1: The card does not mean this. 
Card 2: The card means this. 
Card 3: The card is good for this. 
Card 4: The best course of action.

Card layout –
1……….2

3……….4

Card for the Day – 31st July 2011

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Five of Pentacles/Coins

Five of Pentacles/Coins

Five of Pentacles/Coins

Two mendicants in a snow-storm pass a lighted casement.
Divinatory Meanings: The card foretells material trouble above all, whether in the form illustrated–that is, destitution–or otherwise. For some Tarot scholars, it is a card of love and a lovers wife, husband, friend, mistress; also concordance, affinities. These alternatives cannot be harmonized.
Reversed: Disorder, chaos, ruin, discord, profligacy.
Additional Meanings: Conquest of fortune by reason.
Reversed: Troubles in love.

Sabian Oracle for 31st July 2011

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Today’s Oracle

07° Leo 51'

07° Leo 51'

Sun’s Position at 10:24 BST  is  07° Leo 51′

A BOLSHEVIK PROPAGANDIST
You may feel as though you have had enough of the situation and that you have no power. You must enlist the support of others if you wish to succeed and it is through the promise of equality that power will be won.  Unwavering and unbending intellect. Burning passions. Revolutionary.
If negative – Political brainwashing or finding things to be dissatisfied with.


Card for the Day – 30th July 2011

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Four of Swords

Four of Swords

Four of Swords

The effigy of a knight in the appearance of prayer, lying full length upon his tomb.
Divinatory Meanings: Vigilance, retreat, solitude, hermit’s repose, exile, tomb and coffin. It is these last that have suggested the design.
Reversed: Wise administration, circumspection, economy, avarice, precaution, testament.
Additional Meanings: A bad card, but if reversed a qualified success may be expected by wise administration of affairs.
Reversed: A certain success following wise administration.

Sabian Oracle for 30th July 2011

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Today’s Oracle

06° Leo 55'

06° Leo 55'

Sun’s Position at 10:56 GMT  is  06° Leo 55′

 

THE CONSTELLATIONS IN THE SKY
The bigger questions are likely to be in your mind.  Even simple issues will be seen against the background of something greater.  This all helps to keep you in perspective. Reminders of the patterns, integration and enormity of nature. The big picture. Observing signatures.
If negative – ignoring the down-to-earth issues. Missing the small details.


 

Card for the Day – 28th July 2011

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Nine of Swords

Nine of Swords

Nine of Swords

One seated on his couch in lamentation, with the swords on the wall behind him. He is t the end of his tether and about to give up everything. It is a card of utter desolation.
Divinatory Meanings: Death, failure, miscarriage, delay, deception, disappointment, despair.
Reversed: Imprisonment, suspicion, doubt, reasonable fear, shame.
Additional Meanings: An ecclesiastic, a priest; generally, a card of bad omen.
Reversed: Good ground for suspicion against a doubtful person.

Sabian Oracle for 28th July 2011

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Today’s Oracle

04° Leo 58'

04° Leo 58'

Sun’s Position at 09:57 GMT  is  04° Leo 58′

ROCK FORMATIONS AT THE EDGE OF A PRECIPICE
You may find that the natural structure of the situation is, on the one hand, carefully developed over time (there is a history here), but on the other hand, it’s right on the edge of a deep chasm. There seems to be no going back, forward is the only way out and the solution may just be to `jump into the void’. It may be a lonely journey, but you will find new depths of experience that you could only imagine. The situation may look solid, but time will tell a different story. Old structures and deep hazards.
If negative – painting yourself into a corner.

Sabian Oracle for 26th July 2011

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Today’s Oracle

03° Leo 03'

03° Leo 03'

Sun’s Position at 10:09 GMT  is  03° Leo 03′

A MAN FORMALLY DRESSED AND A DEER WITH ITS HORNS FOLDED (HANGING ON A CLUB-HOUSE WALL)

It is one thing to achieve and another to then display your achievement for all to see. There may be an urge to impress others, but some people will not be pleased with the display, some very impressed and others distinctly unimpressed.  Think carefully of the effects before you do anything. Trophies of conquest. Will to prove oneself. Need to prove one’s animal instincts for the benefit of society.

If negative – trying to dominate the elements of nature with rational power.

Card for the Day – 25th July 2011

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Ten of Pentacles/Coins

The Ten of Pentacles/Coins

The Ten of Pentacles/Coins

A man and woman beneath an archway which gives entrance to a house and domain. They are accompanied by a child, who looks curiously at two dogs accosting an ancient personage seated in the foreground. The child’s hand is on one of them.
Divinatory Meanings: Gain, riches; family matters, archives, extraction, the abode of a family.
Reversed: Chance, fatality, loss, robbery, games of hazard; sometimes gift, dowry, pension.
Additional Meanings: Represents house or dwelling, and derives its value from other cards.
Reversed: An occasion which may be fortunate or otherwise.

Sabian Oracle for 25th July 2011

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Today’s Oracle

02° Leo 12'

02° Leo 12'

Sun’s Position at 12:26 GMT  is 02° Leo 12′

A WOMAN HAVING HER HAIR BOBBED
You cannot become different by changing your appearance, although feeling good about one’s image does radiate both inwardly and outwardly. An external change may fool others or make you feel better for a time, but it’s your inner self that is the essence of your persona, not the mask you wear. Making an effort to keep up with trends.
If negative – relying on external fashion to disguise inner emptiness.


Card for the Day – 23rd July 2011

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Queen of Wands – (Leo)

The Queen of Wands - Leo

Queen of Wands - Leo

The Wands throughout this suit are always in leaf, as it is a suit of life and animation. Emotionally and otherwise, the Queen’s personality corresponds to that of the King, but is more magnetic.
Divinatory Meanings: A dark woman, countrywoman, friendly, chaste, loving, honourable. If the card beside her signifies a man, she is well disposed towards him; if a woman, she is interested in the Querent. Also, love of money, or a certain success in business.
Additional Meanings: A good harvest, which may be taken in several senses.
Reversed: Good, economical, obliging, serviceable. Signifies also–but in certain positions and in the neighbourhood of other cards tending in such directions–opposition, jealousy, even deceit and infidelity.

Sabian Oracle for 23rd July 2011

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Today’s Oracle

00° Leo 14'

00° Leo 14'

Sun’s Position at 11:11 GMT is  00° Leo 14′

UNDER EMOTIONAL STRESS, BLOOD RUSHES TO A MAN’S HEAD 
There is almost nothing that can be done at the moment.  It is like being immobilised with neither mental or physical control.  This will pass, but resistance will just make the situation worse. Difficulty containing emotional reactions. Becoming fired-up about something.
If negative – making yourself ill through emotional suppression.


Card for the Day – 22nd July 2011

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0 The Fool

0 The Fool

0 The Fool

With light step, as if earth and its trammels had little power to restrain him, a young man in gorgeous vestments pauses at the brink of a precipice among the great heights of the world; he surveys the blue distance before him-its expanse of sky rather than the prospect below. His act of eager walking is still indicated, though he is stationary at the given moment; his dog is still bounding. The edge which opens on the depth has no terror; it is as if angels were waiting to uphold him, if it came about that he leaped from the height. His countenance is full of intelligence and expectant dream. He has a rose in one hand and in the other a costly wand, from which depends over his right shoulder a wallet curiously embroidered. He is a prince of the other world on his travels through this one-all amidst the morning glory, in the keen air. The sun, which shines behind him, knows whence he came, whither he is going, and how he will return by another path after many days. He is the spirit in search of experience. Many symbols of the Instituted Mysteries are summarized in this card, which reverses, under high warrants, all the confusions that have preceded it.
In his Manual of Cartomancy, Grand Orient has a curious suggestion of the office of Mystic Fool, as apart of his process in higher divination; but it might call for more than ordinary gifts to put it into operation. We shall see how the card fares according to the common arts of fortune-telling, and it will be an example, to those who can discern, of the fact, otherwise so evident, that the Trumps Major had no place originally in the arts of psychic gambling, when cards are used as the counters and pretexts. Of the circumstances under which this art arose we know, however, very little. The conventional explanations say that the Fool signifies the flesh, the sensitive life, and by a peculiar satire its subsidiary name was at one time the alchemist, as depicting folly at the most insensate stage.
Divinatory Meanings: Folly, mania, extravagance, intoxication, delirium, frenzy, bewrayment.
Reversed: Negligence, absence, distribution, carelessness, apathy, nullity, vanity.

Sabian Oracle for 22nd July 2011

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29 °Cancer 16'

29 °Cancer 16'

Sun’s Position at 10:59 GMT  is  29 °Cancer 16′

A DAUGHTER OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
You may find yourself relying on the old traditions that were, in their day, radical and transforming.  The difficulty is that these traditions are the predictable, conservative values and despite your inner feelings of modern freedom, this is not how you appear. Being bound by social conditioning or leading the charge to break down the barriers of tradition.
If negative – supporting battles that have already been fought OR false feelings of superiority.

Card for the Day – 20th July 20

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Seven of Swords

Seven of Swords

Seven of Swords

A man in the act of carrying away five swords rapidly; the two others of the card remain stuck in the ground. A camp is close at hand.
Divinatory Meanings: Design, attempt, wish, hope, confidence; also quarrelling, a plan that may fail, annoyance. The design is uncertain in its import, because the significations are widely at variance with each other.
Reversed: Good advice, counsel, instruction, slander, babbling.
Additional Meanings: Dark girl; a good card; it promises a country life after a competence has been secured.
Reversed: Good advice, probably neglected.

Sabian Oracle for 20th July 2011

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27° Cancer 24'

27° Cancer 24'

Sun’s Position at 12:09 GMT  is  27° Cancer 24′

INDIAN GIRL INTRODUCES COLLEGE BOY-FRIEND TO HER TRIBE
You may find yourself bridging the gap between situations or people that are inherently foreign. It is your deeply felt understanding of both situations and the respect with which you are held in both situations that makes their mutual acceptance possible. Challenging or going against the status-quo. Bringing in a new, more intellectual, element.
If negative – deliberately upsetting the group with alternative behaviour.

Card for the Day – 19th July 20

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Three of Pentacles

The Three of Pentacles/Coins

Three of Pentacles/Coins

A sculptor at his work in a monastery. Compare the design which illustrates the Eight of Pentacles. The apprentice or amateur therein has received his reward and is now at work in earnest.
Divinatory Meanings: Métier, trade, skilled labour; usually, however, regarded as a card of nobility, aristocracy, renown, glory.
Reversed: Mediocrity, in work and otherwise, puerility, pettiness, weakness.
Additional Meanings: If for a man, celebrity for his eldest son.
Reversed: Depends on neighbouring cards.

Sabian Oracle for 19th July 2011

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Today’s Oracle

26° Cancer 22'

26° Cancer 22'

Sun’s Position at 10:00 GMT  is  26° Cancer 22′

A FURIOUS STORM RAGES THROUGH A RESIDENTIAL CANYON
You may find yourself much deeper in a situation than you had planned, but now you are restrained by the walls about you.  There is no escape from the turbulence that is around you.  The only thing to do is wait it out and protect yourself the best you can. Arguments and emotional confrontations as a result of the `pressure cooker’ environments in modern- day living.
If negative – wrongly believing that you are in control of an uncontrollable situation OR enjoyment of emotional storms and turmoil.

The Zohar

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5 Things You Should Know About The Zohar

1) What is The Zohar?
The Zohar is a collection of commentaries on the Torah, intended to guide people who have already achieved high spiritual degrees to the root (origin) of their souls.

The Zohar contains all the spiritual states that people experience as their souls evolve. At the end of the process, the souls achieve what the Kabbalists refer to as “the end of correction,” the highest level of spiritual wholeness.

To those without spiritual attainment, The Zohar reads like a collection of allegories and legends that can be interpreted and perceived differently by each individual. But to those with spiritual attainment, i.e. Kabbalists, The Zohar is a practical guide to inner actions that one performs in order to discover deeper, higher states of perception and sensation.


2) Who is The Zohar For?
As mentioned in answer no. 1, The Zohar was written for people who have already achieved spiritual perception. It contains the depictions of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai (Rashbi), who attained all 125 degrees of the spiritual ladder of degrees. Rashbi expressed the entire spiritual path and titled it Zohar (“radiance” in Hebrew).

The Zohar is built so that only those who achieve a certain spiritual level can benefit from what they read in it. Prior to studying The Zohar, one needs to study other texts that teach how to properly understand the text in The Zohar.


3) Who Wrote The Zohar, and When?
According to all Kabbalists, and as the beginning of the book writes, The Zohar was written by Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai (Rashbi), who lived in the 2nd and 3rd centuries CE. There are views in scholastic circles stating that The Zohar was written in the 11th century by Kabbalist Rabbi Moshe de Leon. This view was contradicted by Rabbi Moshe de Leon himself, who said that the book was written by Rashbi.

In the Kabbalistic approach, the question of why The Zohar was written is far more important than the question of who actually wrote it. The purpose of The Zohar is to be a guide for people to attain the origin of their souls.

This path to the origin of one’s soul consists of 125 stages. Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag writes that a Kabbalist who has passed these stages and shares the same perception as that of the book’s author, sees that its author could be none other than Rashbi.


4) Why was The Zohar Hidden for So Long?
The Zohar was kept hidden for 900 years, between the 2nd and the 11th centuries CE, since those who possessed its wisdom understood that at the time, people did not need it and would misunderstand its contents.

Only in the 16th century CE did a Kabbalist arise who explained the fundamentals of Kabbalah – The Holy Ari, Rabbi Isaac Luria (1534-1572). The Ari stated that from his time on, the wisdom of Kabbalah was ready to be opened to everyone.

Commentaries on the works of the Ari and The Zohar appeared only in the 20th century – the century that saw the fiercest outburst of human desires in history. During this period, a unique soul appeared – that of Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag (Baal HaSulam). Baal HaSulam explained the wisdom of Kabbalah in a way our generation could understand. Moreover, Baal HaSulam was the only Kabbalist in the 20th century who wrote commentaries on The Zohar and on the works of the Ari.

This does not mean that there were no great Kabbalists before him, but only that their works are not easily understood by contemporary students. Today’s popularity and high demand for Kabbalah testify to our generation’s readiness to absorb its universal message, and to comprehend the authentic texts that speak of the root of our lives and how to attain it.


5) Where do I Find Out More About The Zohar?
Even today, The Zohar cannot be understood and felt directly, but requires preconception of spirituality, before one approaches the book. The greatest Kabbalist of our time, Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag (Baal HaSulam), wrote introductions to The Zohar precisely to guide one’s approach to this profound book prior to studying it.

Such articles cultivate one’s spiritual qualities to perceive the Higher reality. Additionally, these texts provide knowledge of how to approach certain terms, phrases, and concepts in The Zohar, to maximize its use as a guide for spiritual attainment, avoiding being lost in materialized depictions that the human mind is prone to form.

Bnei Baruch provides not only these introductions, but free lessons on them, as well as shorter articles describing concepts from The Zohar, and how to prepare for the encounter with these concepts.

Discovering The Zohar means discovering your inner world and your unlimited potential. Bnei Baruch wishes you success in your spiritual advancement!

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Kabbalah’s 13 Rules of the Game

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This will blow your mind.

  • Don’t believe a word you read. Test-drive the lessons learned.
  • Two Basic Realities Exist: Our 1 Percent World of Darkness and the 99 Percent Realm of Light!
  • Everything that a human being truly desires from life is spiritual Light!
  • The purpose of life is spiritual transformation from a reactive being to a proactive being.
  • In the moment of our transformation, we make contact with the 99 percent realm.
  • Never, “and that means never” lay blame on other people or external events.
  • Resisting our reactive impulses creates lasting Light.
  • Reactive behaviour creates intense sparks of Light, but eventually leaves darkness in its wake.
  • Obstacles are our opportunity to connect to the Light.
  • The greater the obstacle, the greater the potential Light.
  • When challenges appear overwhelming, inject certainty. The Light is always there!
  • True internal change is created through the DNA power of the Hebrew letters.
  • All of the negative traits that you spot in others are merely a reflection of your own negative traits. Only by fixing yourself can you change others.

And finally, ultimately.
Love thy neighbour as thyself. All the rest is mere commentary.

So don’t just sit there, go and learn.

So What is Kabbalah?

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Here’s a video to explain it all….

Click on this link to watch the VIDEO. >>> What is Kabbalah?

 

 

3 Things you should know about the Kabbalah. Watch the VIDEO here.
5 Things you should know about the Zohar; a must read.

Kabbalah. What?

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Interested in what Kabbalah can do for you?

I have spent the last 11 years reading, writing and researching Kabbalah and still it amazes me how it works so positively in situations that I have encountered. I must admit though I was fairly sceptical at first, until I read “The Power of Kabbalah” by Yehuda Berg. This book not only changed my way of thinking but my whole way of life.

I find that, by being positive in both thought and mind I can overcome most of my everyday negative situations. Of course I don’t just sit around meditating all day long. When a negative situation or person enters my life I use stronger and more sustained positive thoughts to nullify this.

I hope the following Posts will aid and assist you in finding a more positive and peaceful life.

Card for the Day – 18th July 20

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‘Card for the Day’

Seven of Wands

Seven of Wands

Seven of Wands

A young man on a craggy eminence brandishing a staff; six other staves are raised towards him from below.
Divinatory Meanings: It is a card of valour, for, on the surface, six are attacking one, who has, however, the vantage position. On the intellectual plane, it signifies discussion, wordy strife; in business–negotiations, war of trade, barter, competition. It is further a card of success, for the combatant is on the top and his enemies may be unable to reach him.
Reversed: Perplexity, embarrassments, anxiety. It is also a caution against indecision.
Additional Meanings: A dark child.

Sabian Oracle for 18th July 2011

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Today’s Oracle

25°Cancer 34'

25°Cancer 34'

Sun’s Position at 13:53 GMT  is  25°Cancer 34′
GUESTS ARE READING IN THE LIBRARY OF A LUXURIOUS HOME
There is an opportunity to relax and enjoy yourself.  It is a time to catch up on the attitudes of others without any pressure.  There does, however, need to be a caution against self- indulgence. Sharing of thoughts and ideas in an environment of social privilege.
If negative – relating on a superficial level.

 

FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY!

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Cybee’s on SKYPE

I have just downloaded the latest version of SKYPE Beta with Facebook, the free version. I’ve used SKYPE for a number of years now and find it very useful in the work that I do, Tarot, Astrology etc. It’s absolutely free to use as long as you are phoning, messaging, chatting to another SKYPE user by the internet, mobile phone or land-line, the cost is always free. This is the reason I chose it, specifically because it’s ideal for One-to-One Tarot readings. It’s versatile enough for live readings or by text chat and can be charged if payment is required at any point or just keep it simple and do just FREE Tarot Readings.

I have decided to test this SKYPE software to see how effective it can be in Live and Chat, for FREE Tarot Readings. I do have a small issue before I begin testing SKYPE!

I will need some volunteers to assist and help me to try and test this out.

SO!

For the next few weeks I will be available on most days, to do FREE Tarot Readings, using SKYPE. If you have SKYPE already then just click on the SKYPE Button below or click the big one on the right just below the LINK’s. If you don’t have SKYPE and want to try help me try it out and get a Free Tarot Reading at the same time, then please feel free.

Depending on how well the testing goes will also depend on how long this may take, initially a few weeks, and how effective it can be used as a tool to assist in Live Tarot Reading.

If all goes well and I get enough support from you, the public I will publish the results/statistics, no personal stuff, and include a short report on the viability to use SKYPE.

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