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Tarot Meanings

White Light Tarot TM

The High Arcana

There are the twenty-two archetypal cards in any given tarot deck. They are the broad-brush strokes that paint everyone’s lives. They represent the cosmic laws of karma, and the dogma we use to justify or enforce our behavior. They color the overarching forces in effect taking place at the time of the reading. The higher arcana are the ‘fate cards’, if you will, or what might be considered outside your immediate influence. They offer clear examples of our best selves and worst selves. Concepts like the seven deadly sins can be found here that of pride, avarice, extravagance, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth, but the seven holy virtues of courage, generosity, mindfulness, diligence, patience, kindness and selflessness are also found in the twenty-two archetypes of the high arcana.

The Fool | The Magician | The High Priestess | The Empress | The Emperor | The Hierophant | The Lovers | The Chariot | Justice | The Hermit | The Wheel of Fortune | Strength | Sacrifice | Death | Balance | The Devil | The Tower | The Star | The Moon | The Sun | Awakening | The Universe

The Fool

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Everyman
The innocent businessman (fool) steps out of the train to seek his fortune in the green forest of possibility. The train platform is the entry into the world of concrete possibility and manifestation. The fool is released from the spirit train and his journey begins anew under his own aspect, rather than spirit directing or carrying him, he is now ambling under his own power. Behind those green forest trees of possibility, are meadows of self doubt, which the fool can meander by, get caught up in, feel overly exposed by, or brightly run through with out a care, what he ends up doing will be determined by his awareness. The platform sign says “Mind The Gap” as he gets off the train, but he knows that his destiny can take him anywhere.
Zero is likened to the oroborus. It is the beginning and the end. The innocent must always remember that the first step is a big one, but in order to start any journey one must be willing to believe in himself and take that first step. Will he be foolish and get caught up in the entanglement of thorns that so often lead us astray - seeking money and power? The message of the fool is be mindful of the gap between reality and possibility, and skip to keep your innocence, don’t get caught up or bogged down in reality, maintain innocence and welcome possibility.
Reversed: You’re not remembering who you are, you are acting foolish. When we don’t remember who we are, we can act out in ways that disconnect us with spirit, in other words, in some way we are acting foolish. For some reason, you are not happy with the way things are, and you are not willing to trust that things will improve. Instead you’re tendency is to berate yourself or others for circumstances outside of your control. To fix the situation the one thing that you must do is reconnect with your divine goodness. To do this, find a way to trust that everything will work out for the highest good of all concerned.

Violet - Crown chakra, spirit: Sahasrara
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -crown, violet chakraThe crown chakra (Sahasrara) is the seat of higher consciousness and the master chakra of the body. It is associated with the pituitary gland and the thalamus. These glands control the central nervous system, and they are located in the center of the brain. Recent studies have linked them to consciousness, and new studies indicate that they actually respond to light, giving credence to the idea of our third eye. Release of old patterns, effortless manifestation, understanding others and ourselves intuitively, and renewed compassionate awareness is what concentrating on the crown chakra yields. As it has been said, we are spirits in human form, when we remember this essential truth and act on it we become truly aware. There is a very interesting article that backs-up esoteric history with scientific fact and further discusses the thalamus and pineal glands’ role in physiological-psychic phenomena. [http://www.book-of-thoth.com/article1542.html]
Violet was once the color reserved for Roman, Egyptian and Persian royals, and it was considered the color of blood. Greek myth credits Hercules, or rather his dog with discovering the dye, when Hercules’ dog came back with his mouth stained purple from chewing on snails along the Levantine coast. In the last days of Rome, the mollusk Murex was becoming scare, due to over fishing. Dyers reputedly smelled like dead fish, according to written accounts, but cloth dyed that color was worth its weight in gold. So smelling to high-heaven became the smell of wealth. It is a color not only rich in hue but also in human historyIf this chakra is out of alignment, we may have trouble feeling compassionate toward others. We may not see our role in the greater creation of our world. Our worldview may be narrow in scope. Anxiety, not sleeping well, general feeling of persecution and anger indicate a possible problem in the crown chakra. Conversely, demanding that reason and logic dictate all outcomes and explain everything can also indicate that the crown chakra is out of balance as well.
To harmonize this area, we need to appreciate and understand our role in the world. Just as the beat of a butterfly’s wings can start a tsunami, we need to remember that our consciousness affects our world. A simple act of kindness can do wonders for developing your crown chakra. To develop your spiritual awareness and crown chakra you can try meditating outdoors in sun light or moon light. White Light is helpful in realigning this chakra. Sitting in the sun will restore and balance the violet spectrum. Be careful not to overdo and wear appropriate sun gear and sunscreen. Practicing peace, love and understanding are the ultimate aids in developing our higher consciousness. Make the choice to live by higher principles and see how your perspective changes.
A number of tarot cards are associated with the Crown Spirit chakra. These cards are associated with compassion, enlightenment, and consciousness.

CROWN SPIRIT CHAKRA ASSOCIACTED TAROT CARDS & KEYWORDS

THE FOOL, ONENESS
DEATH, LIMITLESS
THE STAR, INSPIRATION
THE UNIVERSE, DIVINE LIGHT
QUEEN OF SWORDS, BEAUTY
NINE OF SWORDS, CRUELTY
NINE OF WANDS, ZENITH
ACE OF WANDS, FURNACE
QUEEN OF CUPS, RAISING ENERGY
TEN OF CUPS, CONTENTMENT
KING OF DISKS, HEALER


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The Magician

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Co-create
The magician manifests and co-creates his reality with love and spirit, rings of green and violet circle him as he vibrates love and spirit. He channels spirit through the heart chakra and allows it to flow out through his fingers. The image suggests he might be at a computer work station or something like that on a field of green that represents love and possibility.
One is the 'manifest will' in union with the divine. The divine in achieving the power and knowledge to create does so through the magician. He conducts the symphony that will have air transformed into matter. He directs pure energy and drive into achieving a goal. Knowledge is used to good purpose. The creator (magician) uses tools of his time, in this case possibly a computer to create a new reality, to bring about a change in a physical way.
Reversed: You are manifesting your own sorrow. You have far more control over the situation than you give yourself credit for. Don’t underestimate the power of gratitude and forgiveness. Bestow them on yourself and others every chance you get, and soon you’ll find that things are aligning the way you desire. Never beseech or ask the universe for something, rather co-create the situation that will bring about the desired change. When you plead, you are not in a position of power. Take back your power by sharing the responsibility of manifestation, with other people, your higher self and any greater universal powers that you believe in. You do influence the end result as your attitude is what others respond and react to. Be your own best advocate, take time when you need it, give thanks when you want something, as it is a gift that we can desire, and forgive yourself and others for any shortcomings. In so doing, you realign yourself with spirit or your own true blissful nature. Give it time, things will change for the better.

Indigo blue - Third-eye, brow chakra: Ajna
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -third-eye, indigo blue chakraThe Brow or third-eye Ajna chakra center is called “the seat of the soul.” It governs our awareness, our ability to foresee things and visualize desired outcomes. It is the Clairvoyant-Intuitive part of our brain residing in the frontal lobe, which corresponds with our higher brain functions. Our ideas about reality and our ability to create that reality are derived from this chakra. The color associated with Ajna is dark midnight blue, or indigo. Vincent Van Gogh’s painting “The Starry Night” makes great use of that color. When it is working properly, we are able to visualize easily, our memory is sharp as is our ability to reason. We know almost instinctively how to help someone without their asking, and we trust our intuition and ourselves.
If this chakra is out of alignment, we may have trouble understanding our role in the creation of our reality. We may chalk things up to fate or luck. We may not accept we control a lot of how things turn out. Freewill always plays a part in the creation of our circumstances, which are partly based on our worldview. Having headaches frequently or anxiety about social behaviors would also indicate a possible problem in the third-eye chakra. Conversely, needing to dominate or to control situations and others can indicate that this chakra is out of balance as well.
To harmonize this area, we need to practice self-appreciation, tolerance and love. Psychic energy is very powerful. Focusing your mind on how good life is, even through the rough times, will help you to vanquish many psychic and physical aliments. To develop your intuition and third-eye chakra you can try meditating near the ocean or a lake. Large bodies of water help to develop and sooth the mind at the same time. We open up when we are in great natural spaces that are vast. Use a picture if you can’t physically get to a vast body of water, or just look up at the sky at night, it has the same effect. Expanse and expanding is the name of the game with this chakra.
A number of tarot cards are associated with the Brow Third-eye chakra. These cards are associated with psychic ability, wisdom, and pure brainpower. If any of these cards come up in a tarot reading, meditate on the ideas presented. Find ways to expand your mind and to help others see their true nature.

BROW THIRD-EYE CHAKRA ASSOCIACTED TAROT CARDS & KEYWORDS

THE MAGICIAN, INTUITION
SACRIFICE (The hanged man), SELFLESSNESS
AWAKENING (Judgement), PSYCHIC
SIX OF SWORDS, INSIGHT
THREE OF SWORDS, SEPARATION
SIX OF WANDS, INWARD
FOUR OF WANDS, FORCE
SEVEN OF CUPS, INTUITION
FOUR OF CUPS, SELFLESSNESS
PAGE OF DISKS, PSYCHIC
TWO OF DISKS, INSIGHT


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The High Priestess

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Virgin
Communication through air and spirit. The high priestess acts as the conduit through which nature speaks. She is the voice of bird song, the brook, the wind. She harnesses nature and conducts it through her body. The Egyptian head dress suggests the power of the priestess and her manifestation as the essence of the human deity, holy, ideal, expressive. The High Priestess is the first in the triad of women archetypes, of virgin, mother, and crone. Full of exuberance for life she relies on her noted attributes of dexterity, intelligence, and charisma in embracing life. She is a vestal virgin by choice, and keeps her kindling available for matters of spirit alone. She trusts her intuition, and she acknowledges the moon's guidance in ritual which helps her to maintain connection with the natural world, reality and illusion, and her goddess given psychic abilities. The high priestess is associated with the hunt, sexual attraction and energy, the moon, and Aphrodite. When seeking connection with your higher self, call upon the high priestess to connect you to your inner Aphrodite.
Reversed: You have fallen prey to the illusion that the physical world is all that is real. You perhaps feel disconnected from the world, and so have taken refuge in a reality vs. illusion discussion with yourself. You need to remember that we only experience a percentage of reality as physical. For example, sounds that are made by elephants or dolphins to communicate are not within our auditory range. Does that mean they do not exist because we cannot experience them? No, we have scientific tests that allow us to visualize them, and so we can prove that there are sounds outside of our range. Just as we can observe the reaction of a dog to a high pitched whistle, we know that something is there.
The lesson here is not to discount your abilities both physical and non-physical. For some reason you have given in to the feeling of being disconnected from your higher self. Take comfort in the earth’s presence, feel the wind in your hair and remember that there is more to this life than the physical. Trust that you do have physic abilities and start the reconnection process by taking a walk in nature. Check what phase the moon is in, and think of yourself as being that way too. Meditate on your life mirroring the phasing of the moon. If the moon is full, in some way you’re full. If it is a sickle, then perhaps something in your life needs to grow larger, or diminish away. Remember, this is just a phase.
Orange - The sex center or sacral chakra: Svadisthana
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -sex center orange chakraSvadisthana: the sex chakra or the Sacral Chakra is located just below the belly button. It governs our creativity, our ability to give and receive, our sexuality, our sense of sensuality and fulfillment, and of course, procreation. Our sense of awe is also derived from this chakra. When it is working properly we are able to find fulfillment in our work and our relationships and we can give and receive without effort. If this chakra is too weak, we may have trouble feeling connected to our partner or to our work. We may find it hard to see the creativity that we bring to our job, and feel undervalued or unappreciated in some aspect of our lives. If this is the case, there are steps that we can take to help balance this area of our lives.
In a tarot reading, there are a number of cards that are associated with this chakra because they are associated with the creative process. If any of these cards come up, look for at the meaning that you associate with that card. Concentrate on the meaning and the image, and always use your own images as well. Meditate on how you can use the information and apply it to yourself. To open the chakra you may find it helpful to use the mudra (hand postures) associated with the strengthening of this chakra area. Keep your hands in your lap left hand under right hand palms up, and thumbs touching. As you sit, remember to pull your belly button towards your spine. This helps to circulate the energy in the sacral chakra area, and helps to open the area and make the lower back more flexible. You can do this in a meeting or on the bus, but if you are able to go into a meditative state all the better. Use the mantra VAM (Sanscrit for compassion and wisdom) to further enhance the experience.
REIKI CHAKRA ASSOCATIONS WITH TAROT CARD AND KEYWORDS
FOR THE SACRAL SEX CENTER CHAKRA - ORANGE
THE PRIESTESS: VIRGIN, BEGINNINGS
THE MOON: FLOW AND CHANGE
THE SUN: GROWTH AND CREATIVITY
THE KING OF SWORDS: HIGH IDEALS, INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY
THE SEVEN OF SWORDS: CUNNING AND DETERMINED
KNIGHT OF WANDS: CREATIVE ALCHEMY
SEVEN OF WANDS: ADVERSITY
EIGHT OF CUPS: SHARING
TWO OF CUPS: JOINING
SIX OF DISKS: STRIKING WHILE THE IRON IS HOT
THREE OF DISKS: WORK, ENERGY AND FLOW


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The Empress

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Mother
She sits in front of a candle flame; her golden aura is visible around her crown. She is holy. She sits deep within the cave of gestation in meditation. The inner womb is warm and flows with red blood, pulsing a calming rhythm. Often associated with growth, menstruation, birthing and spring, she is the spirit that is evoked in planting rituals. The seed is sown in the dark earth, during the full seed moon in April or May. In ancient agricultural rituals, the sex act would take place in a frenzied festival during full moon, right before sowing the fields to ensure a good harvest. The Empress is no prude. She is a sexual being who is mother to the world, both bawdy and refined. She shines as the most capable of fostering your dreams into reality.
Grow with her. The Empress is the second in the triad of women archetypes. Allow her to nurture you for she is the ultimate mother, nurturer, and care giver. She is the spirit of our mother earth. Her rivers and oceans are her blood, her growing things are life giving. Follow her and go inward to gestate, create, and nurture your dreams. The female's ability to harbor life in her womb is our species physical way of expressing manifestation. Regardless of your gender, you have the ability to nurture; in fact it is in your nature to nurture. Nurture yourself and give thanks to the earth. Know that she loves you, she who is the keeper of the sacred flame. She holds dear all of creation including yours, she is fertility without measure. She exemplifies the feminine prowess of communion.
Reversed: Are you feeling unloved? Perhaps you need a little nurturing. Difficult though it may seem, looking to others for comfort won’t work. You need to go inward and reconnect with your ability to nurture from within. You perhaps crave connection with a loved one, or desire a relationship with someone out of reach. Whatever it is that is making you feel unloved, you need to distance yourself from that thing and that feeling. Just take a breather. The most reliable person in your life is you. You’re the only one that can make you happy, so resolve to reconnect with yourself and nurture the connection. If you are feeling lonely, light a candle and watch the flicker of the flame, feel the warmth that emanates from the soft glow, and breathe in the sweet perfume of a favorite oil rubbed on the outside of the candle. Cinnamon or clove oil on a red candle will help reconnect you with your base chakra. Your tribe will find you soon, and bring you home. You’re base chakra needs clearing and your heart has been holding too many sorrows, allow the flow of the wax to clear your mind and heart and know that you are very loved.

Red - Root or base chakra: Muladhara
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -root base red chakra The base chakra is called MULADHARA, which means ‘root’ or ‘foundation’ in Sanskrit. Red is the longest wavelength of light that we can perceive. It is reputedly one of the first colors we see when we open our eyes as babies, and it is also one of the colors that can be restored to the color blind with laser surgery. The color red is a complex symbol of blood, birth, anger, passion, life and death in human psychology. In a vast array of Neolithic graves from various countries, red ocher has been found at the site. Either stored in pots, or dusted over the deceased, the red paint is an emblem of passing and a life of belonging. Red ocher or iron oxide was one of the first paints used by humanity. The root chakra is located at the tailbone - right at the end of the spinal column. This is where the three main nadis begin the Ida, Pingala and Sushumma combine to form the kundalini energy base. Tribal instincts form here, whom we feel most comfortable, our connections to our surroundings, and our grounding or stability, start with this chakra. Safety and fear of being hurt both psychologically and physically start in this region. Physically, this chakra governs our sense of smell, our large intestine and ability to process elimination, our bones and our adrenal glands i.e., our fight or flight response all derive from this chakra.

When this chakra is out of balance, you may find you are fearful of people or situations. You may feel or act flighty rather than grounded, and you may find that physical reality is boring. If you’re tired, suffer lower backaches, bloating or feel like you’re ‘carrying a heavy load’, it could be time for a chakra adjustment.

To harmonize this area, we need to listen to the beat of our heart, calm ourselves and allow our consciousness to affect the world. We belong where we are because we have something to learn from where we are. Try not to let painful events overwhelm you, rather remember that there is a cycle to all things. The passage of time will allow new growth and change to take place, concentrate on grounding where you are. Foster the health of your base chakra with a hearty meal. Pasta with tomatoes and red wine will help ground you. Share it with friends to help foster belonging, and learn to relax. You do belong, and belonging brings grounding.


A number of tarot cards are associated with the Root chakra. These cards are associated with grounding, tribal connection, health and security. If any of these cards come up in a tarot reading, look for ways to integrate the message into your daily activities.

BASE CHAKRA ASSOCIACTED TAROT CARDS WITH KEYWORDS

THE EMPRESS MOTHER, PRIMORDIAL
STRENGTH CONNECTION, MANIFESTATION
DEVIL - OBSESSION DISRESPECT, ATTACHMENT
TEN OF SWORDS DISASTER
FIVE OF SWORDS DISILLUSION, DEFEAT, SHAME
KING OF WANDS PASSION
TEN OF WANDS FINALE
KNIGHT OF CUPS EXPANDING
ACE OF CUPS PROMISE
SEVEN OF DISKS LIMIT, RESTRAINT
FOUR OF DISKS RECHARGE


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The Emperor

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Father
The archetypal father figure, he is held in high esteem by his tribe. He enforces the image of character, fortitude, and control. In truth, he is an idealist, and quite loving, but he is seen as quite fierce. He holds a golden object, perhaps a drink, perhaps a remote in his hand. No matter what the object, it is an expression of his command over his dominion. He wields this power leisurely and effortlessly. He is stern but loving, choosing to instruct rather than censure when challenged. The rules he makes others must observe, but he endeavors to rule by example, demonstrating the exemplary behavior of a just and humane ruler, and asking no more of you than he would of himself. A falcon is at his shoulder, ready to do his bidding. The falcon is a symbol of protection and vigilance, ever watchful for correct conduct. If you show loyalty, humility and fealty to this great ruler, you will receive loyalty, protection and instruction on how conduct yourself and perhaps fearlessly lead your tribe. Look to him when you seek to act as an authority, look to him when you seek a promotion or to finish a difficult task. He will help you stay the course and do your best.
Reversed: You may feel that you have disappointed someone whom you look up to, or you may feel you have been judged in some way. Know that the ill feelings will pass, and the action you take now will determine how you are perceived here after. The most important thing is to reestablish your self esteem when something bad happens. How you feel about yourself will color your world perception. If things have gone awry in some way, figure out the lesson that the event is teaching you. Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes it may seem like a cosmic reason, outside of your control, sometimes it’s because of human emotions. The Emperor, like all good fathers wants the best for you and he expects you to learn from your mistakes. How you handle life is up to you, but if you face it head-on, as best you can, with determination and love, you’ll find the resilience you need to lead your life on the path of virtue. This is what the Emperor expects of you. So forgive yourself of any shortcomings, and resolve to do better. Accept the challenge life offers with the Emperor to help you find your way.
Yellow - Solar plexus, navel chakra: Manipura
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -solar plexus, yellow chakraManipura: the navel chakra or the Solar Plexus Chakra is located just above the belly button. This is the chakra of “fire within the body or the life force.” It governs our self-esteem, our confidence in our selves, and our inner strength. Our ideas about how capable we are, and our ability to create abundance is derived from this chakra. When it is working properly, we are able to see ‘golden’ opportunities in every thing, regardless of what befalls us, we can find something good in whatever happens. We feel good about following our ‘gut instincts’, and we trust ourselves. We have confidence in our abilities, and our place in the world.
If this chakra is out of alignment, we may physically have trouble ‘digesting a situation’, or understanding our role in it. We may have an upset stomach frequently or a queasy sense of fear or uncertainty in our gut. Conversely, needing to dominate or to control situations and others can indicate that this chakra is out of balance in the opposite extreme.
Either way, to harmonize this area, we need to practice self-appreciation, tolerance and love. When we feel out of balance, there are steps that we can take to help stabilize this area.
A number of tarot cards are associated with the Solar Plexus chakra. These cards are associated with self-awareness, inner strength, and power. What you probably most need to work on when you are stressed or weak in this area is self-appreciation to increase the circulation and power of this area.



SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA ASSOCIACTED TAROT CARDS WITH KEYWORDS

THE EMPEROR FATHER, ACTION
THE CHARIOT JOURNEY, STRIVING
THE TOWER EXPLOSIVE, DESTRUCTION
KNIGHT OF SWORDS DUTY, VALOR
ACE OF SWORDS ACCURACY, EXACTING
PAGE OF WANDS AMBITION, ABILITY
FIVE OF WANDS IMPRISONED, ON HOLD
PAGE OF CUPS POETIC,INTROSPECTION
FIVE OF CUPS DISAPPOINTMENT,CONTROL
QUEEN OF DISKS RESCUE, SUSTENANCE
TEN OF DISKS DELIGHT, HAPPINESS


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The Hierophant

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Knowledge
Hieros=holy; phant=one who shows. Keeper of sacred knowledge. The law according to universal truth is not man’s law. The Hierophant is the evaluator and keeper of these truths for mankind. Trust that you are learning from the wellspring of the source. He knows all religions, and he engenders harmony amongst them in an effort to seek the higher truth. That said, the Hierophant represents the institutionalization of universal law. Everything that is good about organized religion, the community support, the feelings of belonging, and the belief in good works or helping others, is part of what the Hierophant represents. But he is more than that, for he interprets that law and thereby becomes the keeper of our humanity. He organizes and sanctifies society’s beliefs as a whole. He represents what will ultimately become the oppressors before they oppress.
Belief systems codified become limiting and stagnate. Babylon was the first civilization to codify it’s laws calling it the Code of Hammurabi (ca. 1760 BC). Other examples of codification include the Torah, Hindu Law, Quran, Bible, and in China the Tang code. The point is that these systems do need to be developed and codified or cemented in stone, but like stone they can break. The Hierophant knows this, and he knows that we must follow the 'spirit of the law' and not 'the letter of the law'. Universal truth doesn’t change, but it is flexible and has more than one meaning. Interpretation changes and better ways of expressing universal truth is what the Hierophant shows us is holy. Keep fluid and seek to live by the 'spirit of the law' not the 'letter of the law'.
Reversed: Organized religion and government with all of it’s political ramifications, creating an environment where oppression of the minority in favor of the majority is too often found. Interpretation that fails to nurture growth, take for example the American public education system. In order for public schools to stay funded, children must pass tests, but this doesn’t mean that the children are actually learning how to reason, interpret or create. We live in a culture that holds test scores in higher esteem than a meaningful paper, experiment or painting. When you get this card, know that the Hierophant sees that you are being oppressed. There may not be any way to rectify the situation easily and it may take time for others to see your point of view. His council is to steady-on and know that if what you believe is the right course, people will come around and agree with you eventually. Things will change, so clear away what misconceptions you can, and look for small ways to forge a new path.

Light Blue - Throat chakra: Vishuddha
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -throat, light blue chakraVishuddha: the throat chakra is the color of ice blue cough drops. It is the Communication Chakra located just below the Adam’s apple in the throat, and right around the thyroid gland which regulates our growth hormones. Associated with clarity and growth, this chakra governs our ability to express ourselves. We can strengthen this area by using sound. Our inner voice and our “abstract intuition” (instant problem solving without formal logic) are derived from this area. If this chakra is over stimulated, we may suffer sore throats, feel we have ‘something stuck in our craw’ or have a tendency to ‘run at the mouth’. If it is under stimulated we may not be able to express ourselves with ease, and we may have a tendency to speak too softly, or strain our voice when trying to get a point across. To regulate this area we can use the sound RAM or RANG in meditation. In Tibetan "Rang" means "self" and the goal is “rang tong” or to become "empty of self" to further enhance the experience of connection with all.
Benefits of a Balanced 5th Chakra
* Expression of the truth, one’s words hold weight with others
* A creative outlet via communication, spoken, written or otherwise
* Confidence in the ability to express oneself
* Access to the Etheric communication
“In our society it seems as though one is always struggling to get their voice heard. When one has balance in the 5th center, an interesting coincidence is that one may find that their need to communicate with frequency reduces, but the power of their word increases.” (Quoted from:Kundalini Yoga Blog)
Historically the color blue is associated with truth and fidelity as in the English idiom ‘he’s true blue’, or the folk rhyme ‘Married in Blue, your love will always be true’, which is where we get our something borrowed, something blue tradition. Hence, various shades of the color blue are used in advertising, business and the military to instill confidence in their message and ability to get the job done.
The tarot cards that are associated with the throat chakra will have to do with truth and communication, authority figures, archetypes, and actions always figure prominently.

THROAT CHAKRA ASSOCIATED TAROT CARDS WITH KEYWORDS
THE HIEROPHANT WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE
JUSTICE FEARLESS, EQUALITY
BALANCE INTERCHANGE, HARMONY
PAGE OF SWORDS MESSAGE
TWO OF SWORDS TRUCE, TREATY
EIGHT OF WANDS EMIT, EMANATE
TWO OF WANDS STEADY
SIX OF CUPS FREEDOM
THREE OF CUPS UNION
KNIGHT OF DISKS DISCOVER
FIVE OF DISKS FLEETING


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The Lovers

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Devotion
The lovers also known as the card of the brothers. The uniting of yin and yang, wholeness, experience of higher self through union. The passionate joining of heaven and earth. The image of the cats curled up in a circle is indicative of the ying-yang symbol. Harmony, balance, and passion are the principles that drive this card. An unconventional image for lovers or brothers for some, but one that echoes the circle, the balance, the ease, and essential love (compassion as well as passion) that is associated with the lovers conceptually. When you get this card, you have a decision to make. The reasoning here is that there is a choice when one gives themselves over to passion, be it romantic love, or a political cause. But if we look at the card in the context of the brothers, with the interpretation that there is a decision to be made, we see that the decision could involve cooperation and compassion. Depending on the question and the position of the card the interpretation will vary, except that it will always involve more than one person, and a choice that will influence both parties. The decision must not be made lightly. The situation has come full circle in some measure. The ideal is to stay in harmony with the other person and create a union that is stronger than either of you alone. Consider how you can best strengthen and harmonize your life. If this involves someone else, express your position compassionately, and if they are truly your friend, they will respond in kind.
Reversed: When the Lovers card is reversed it doesn’t necessarily mean that the love affair is over. The general interpretation means disharmony. Something is amiss. Something isn’t being said, or perhaps something is being misinterpreted. There is a stifling, choking feeling with this card, like a weight on your chest. Release is called for, whether it is in a conversation in the board room or the bed room doesn’t matter. There is an insidious energy that is discouraging harmony and needs to be eradicated. Take the first step in identifying what you bring to the mix. If you are the victim and not being understood, then make a point of being understood. If you must, be brave and walk away from an unhealthy situation. Whatever is going on, disharmony is indicated. Concentrate on healing yourself. A small positive action that will enable healing and shielding your heart can be accomplished with something green. A stone necklace made of Amazonian, Emerald, or Aquamarine could help activate the heart area, as could a necklace made of Rose Quartz. A green shirt, tie or scarf can also help. The green or pink item should be worn near the chest to activate the heart chakra. Green tea and walks in green areas will also help heal the spirit and clear the system of toxicity.
Green (and Pink) - Heart chakra: Anahata
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -heart, green chakraAnahata: Green (and Pink) Heart Chakra
Romantic love, affection, caring and compassion, great strength, and the ability to change, this chakra governs our hands, heart, lungs and circulatory systems. It is our center of balance. If this chakra is under stimulated, we may suffer from indecision or anxiety, fear of rejection and clinginess. If it is over stimulated, we may not be able to express “love”, and we mistakenly identify lust, and longing with love, and arrogance with power. When this chakra is out of balance, we will experience the lower natures of man, versus man’s higher nature. To regulate this area we can use the sound YAM in meditation.
Benefits of a Balanced 4th Chakra
* Expression of the compassion, unconditional love for all
* A nurturing nature, a desire to befriend others
* Confidence in the ability to express love
* Mental layer of aura able to transmit and receive information effortlessly

A number of tarot cards are associated with the Heart chakra. These cards are associated with love, devotion, connection, and compassion. If any of these cards come up in a tarot reading, look for ways that you can associate with that card, such as situations in which you need to devote yourself, archetypes, and people you admire or love. Concentrate on the over all meaning of the spread, but always use your own images and associations that come to mind, as well. Trust your intuition.
HEART CHAKRA ASSOCIACTED TAROT CARDS WITH KEYWORDS
The Lovers, Devotion
Hermit, Realization
Wheel of Fortune, Cycles
Eight of Swords, Afraid
Four of Swords, Harmony
Queen of Wands, Generous
Three of Wands, Bliss
King of Cups, Serenity
Nine of Cups, Fulfillment
Nine of Disks, Sustain
Ace of Disks, Prosperity


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The Chariot

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Striving
It sounds funny to say, but if you focus on the journey then the quest will take care of itself. We all have things that we have to do, some where to be, and something that was due yesterday. Goals are great, but don’t let them get in the way of enjoying the process of getting there. A fast car is the chariot today, and as a symbol it conveys a strong sense of speed, daring, skill and power. Your journey is underway, your goals are set and you are in control of your vehicle. "Stay on target," as the star fighter says in Star Wars, and keep focused on achieving your goals without being reckless. Reckless goal oriented behavior is rampant in our go-getter society. In our culture we are so goal oriented that we forget to participate in the journey. It’s fine to have goals, but not at the expense of your health. If you concentrate on driving and taking care of your car rather than on the destination you’re likely to be more alert, less harried and more in control when you arrive at your destination. So think of the Chariot as telling you not to fear, you’re almost there. Now, check the oil and filler-up, but don’t forget to take in a little of the scenery along the way.
Reversed: When you have a wreck, you feel broken and shaken to the core. Fear, arrogance and reckless behavior are common bed fellows. If you get the Chariot reversed you have either skidded to a halt in some manner or you’re about to crash. This card is giving you explicit instructions to slow down in some area of your life. Get over to the slow lane for a while, take a country lane. If you’ve already crashed, then junk the heap and get new wheels. There’s no u-turn lane here, you need to slow down and take care of some aspect of your life.

Yellow - Solar plexus, navel chakra: Manipura
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -solar plexus, yellow chakraManipura: the navel chakra or the Solar Plexus Chakra is located just above the belly button. This is the chakra of “fire within the body or the life force.” It governs our self-esteem, our confidence in our selves, and our inner strength. Our ideas about how capable we are, and our ability to create abundance is derived from this chakra. When it is working properly, we are able to see ‘golden’ opportunities in every thing, regardless of what befalls us, we can find something good in whatever happens. We feel good about following our ‘gut instincts’, and we trust ourselves. We have confidence in our abilities, and our place in the world.
If this chakra is out of alignment, we may physically have trouble ‘digesting a situation’, or understanding our role in it. We may have an upset stomach frequently or a queasy sense of fear or uncertainty in our gut. Conversely, needing to dominate or to control situations and others can indicate that this chakra is out of balance in the opposite extreme.
Either way, to harmonize this area, we need to practice self-appreciation, tolerance and love. When we feel out of balance, there are steps that we can take to help stabilize this area.
A number of tarot cards are associated with the Solar Plexus chakra. These cards are associated with self-awareness, inner strength, and power. What you probably most need to work on when you are stressed or weak in this area is self-appreciation to increase the circulation and power of this area.



SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA ASSOCIACTED TAROT CARDS WITH KEYWORDS

THE EMPEROR FATHER, ACTION
THE CHARIOT JOURNEY, STRIVING
THE TOWER EXPLOSIVE, DESTRUCTION
KNIGHT OF SWORDS DUTY, VALOR
ACE OF SWORDS ACCURACY, EXACTING
PAGE OF WANDS AMBITION, ABILITY
FIVE OF WANDS IMPRISONED, ON HOLD
PAGE OF CUPS POETIC,INTROSPECTION
FIVE OF CUPS DISAPPOINTMENT,CONTROL
QUEEN OF DISKS RESCUE, SUSTENANCE
TEN OF DISKS DELIGHT, HAPPINESS


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Justice

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Fearless
The image of Martin Luther King Jr. is used for the Justice card because he has come to symbolize a just and forthright nature. What is striking is when we experience cosmic justice 'the content of our character' is being tested. Our 'character' is what we are here to develop, it is what we really own. We are asked to build it n this life, and it is our task to live up to that said same 'dream' that Dr. King so eloquently discusses. This card often appears when our ethics are being tested. Justice affirms that you have the means and the character to fund a will and a way to do what is right, especially when there seems there is no easy way to do the right thing. Although, universal justice doesn't always run in accordance with human justice, there is always an equitable balance achieved. The laws of karma also apply to this card, depending on the context when you get this card, it could be signaling the beginning or completion of a cosmic cycle.
Justice is one of the four cardinal virtues (justice, prudence, temperance, and fortitude (strength). Plato, Saint Ambrose, Saint Augustine and Thomas Aquinas all wrote on the nature of a moral life. “The term "cardinal" comes from the Latin cardo or hinge; the cardinal virtues are so called because they are hinges upon which the door of the moral life swings.”1 Justice is such because it is humanly achievable through effort aided by grace. With grace on our side, we are capable of great compassion and achievements, all the sweeter if they help others to realize their aspirations as well. When we speak out against oppression, poverty, greed and discrimination we are helping to create a just world. When we intercede all the more so. When you get this card, know that you are experiencing justice in it’s highest form. If you are called upon to act then do so with integrity. Justice can be painful however, and it isn’t an easy road, if you choose this course you will be supported by grace, but it may not feel like it, just remember your resolve is being tested, and you add to the greater good of humanity when you seek justice and act honorably.
Reversed: You may feel you’ve been treated unjustly or unfairly, or perhaps you didn’t give someone the benefit of the doubt. Some kind of bias, discrimination or at its worst corruption is happening. Justice upside down is a clear indication of the world out of balance. This can be in mental or emotional attitude, feeling the general unfairness of life, physical health as in ‘I work out, why can’t I loose weight?’ or financial health, but something is out of whack and needs attention. Whatever it is that needs your attention, take it head-on and act fairly to yourself and others, as you change your attitude to the most impartial stance you can take, the anger and hurt will begin to melt away because you are doing your best. Stay in control and walk away from situations where you feel put upon. Fight for those who need your help, but always remember that you need to give to yourself too, otherwise you’ll burn out and have nothing left to offer. It is not always kindness that people most desire, but rather to be treated with respect and fairly. Endeavor to do so, and the world will reflect back at you in kind.

Light Blue - Throat chakra: Vishuddha
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -throat, light blue chakraVishuddha: the throat chakra is the color of ice blue cough drops. It is the Communication Chakra located just below the Adam’s apple in the throat, and right around the thyroid gland which regulates our growth hormones. Associated with clarity and growth, this chakra governs our ability to express ourselves. We can strengthen this area by using sound. Our inner voice and our “abstract intuition” (instant problem solving without formal logic) are derived from this area. If this chakra is over stimulated, we may suffer sore throats, feel we have ‘something stuck in our craw’ or have a tendency to ‘run at the mouth’. If it is under stimulated we may not be able to express ourselves with ease, and we may have a tendency to speak too softly, or strain our voice when trying to get a point across. To regulate this area we can use the sound RAM or RANG in meditation. In Tibetan "Rang" means "self" and the goal is “rang tong” or to become "empty of self" to further enhance the experience of connection with all.
Benefits of a Balanced 5th Chakra
* Expression of the truth, one’s words hold weight with others
* A creative outlet via communication, spoken, written or otherwise
* Confidence in the ability to express oneself
* Access to the Etheric communication
“In our society it seems as though one is always struggling to get their voice heard. When one has balance in the 5th center, an interesting coincidence is that one may find that their need to communicate with frequency reduces, but the power of their word increases.” (Quoted from:Kundalini Yoga Blog)
Historically the color blue is associated with truth and fidelity as in the English idiom ‘he’s true blue’, or the folk rhyme ‘Married in Blue, your love will always be true’, which is where we get our something borrowed, something blue tradition. Hence, various shades of the color blue are used in advertising, business and the military to instill confidence in their message and ability to get the job done.
The tarot cards that are associated with the throat chakra will have to do with truth and communication, authority figures, archetypes, and actions always figure prominently.

THROAT CHAKRA ASSOCIATED TAROT CARDS WITH KEYWORDS
THE HIEROPHANT WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE
JUSTICE FEARLESS, EQUALITY
BALANCE INTERCHANGE, HARMONY
PAGE OF SWORDS MESSAGE
TWO OF SWORDS TRUCE, TREATY
EIGHT OF WANDS EMIT, EMANATE
TWO OF WANDS STEADY
SIX OF CUPS FREEDOM
THREE OF CUPS UNION
KNIGHT OF DISKS DISCOVER
FIVE OF DISKS FLEETING


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The Hermit

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Seeker
Androgynous keeper of self knowledge. In the Hierophant the knowledge faces outwards, for the Hermit it faces inwards. In the feminine guise the Hermit completes the three faces of the goddess. The High Priestess is the maiden, the Empress is the matronly mother figure and the Hermit is the Crone, Grandmother or Wise Woman. The Hermit has completed most of life’s tasks, and does not seek anyone’s approval or thanks. The Hermit is a guide, and therefore, does not need to seek solitude for himself, but neither does the Hermit fear being alone. Having moved beyond the ascetic virtues of the Hanged Man, the Hermit can interact with the world, but as his title implies, he has chosen exile in order to deepen his connection to intuition. He uses Insight to lead us through our own terrors into the light of inner wisdom. Complete as a bodhisattva, the Hermit gives back to the world by being the keeper of 'the light at the end of the tunnel'. With the beehive on his back, he is also the keeper of the bees of immortality and creativity as they are the 'birds of the muses'.
He leads us to ourselves through intuition. When you get this card, you probably need some alone time. Time for circumspection is hard to come by, but the Hermit suggests you need to go inward and honor what You may have had a flash of inpiriation, and now know something more about who you are or the situation you're in. Taking time alone to think about things allows us to time to gain perspective. When we act with a clear understanding of ourselves and a situation, we act wisely rather than rashly. Listen to the hum of the bees on the Hermit's back, they intone OM, the universal sound of peace. The sweet honey of self knowledge is yours, just get quiet within yourself, and don’t be afraid, the Hermit is there to guide you.
Reversed: Feeling disassociated, social anxiety in groups, experiencing depression, or listening too much to your inner critic are at issue when the Hermit appears reversed. The Hermit reversed can also indicate a problem facing up to your own expectations, or problems in communication or commitment to others. If you get the Hermit reversed, you need to test whether you’re acting hastily and hostel towards others at work or at home. Your expectations aren’t inline with what is going on in life. You need to adjust your point of view. Sometimes this card indicates you’re feeling lonely, and if that’s the case, don’t despair, take someone out for coffee, or go to an upscale shop and talk about your color pallet, go to a lecture at the library. Find a small way to reconnect with people, but do it slowly, and listen to the inner voice that loves and appreciates you, not the inner critic. Silence that mean old inner critic if they’re too loud by intoning OM until you are at ease in your own body and the universe. Sigh and repeat.

Green (and Pink) - Heart chakra: Anahata
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -heart, green chakraAnahata: Green (and Pink) Heart Chakra
Romantic love, affection, caring and compassion, great strength, and the ability to change, this chakra governs our hands, heart, lungs and circulatory systems. It is our center of balance. If this chakra is under stimulated, we may suffer from indecision or anxiety, fear of rejection and clinginess. If it is over stimulated, we may not be able to express “love”, and we mistakenly identify lust, and longing with love, and arrogance with power. When this chakra is out of balance, we will experience the lower natures of man, versus man’s higher nature. To regulate this area we can use the sound YAM in meditation.
Benefits of a Balanced 4th Chakra
* Expression of the compassion, unconditional love for all
* A nurturing nature, a desire to befriend others
* Confidence in the ability to express love
* Mental layer of aura able to transmit and receive information effortlessly

A number of tarot cards are associated with the Heart chakra. These cards are associated with love, devotion, connection, and compassion. If any of these cards come up in a tarot reading, look for ways that you can associate with that card, such as situations in which you need to devote yourself, archetypes, and people you admire or love. Concentrate on the over all meaning of the spread, but always use your own images and associations that come to mind, as well. Trust your intuition.
HEART CHAKRA ASSOCIACTED TAROT CARDS WITH KEYWORDS
The Lovers, Devotion
Hermit, Realization
Wheel of Fortune, Cycles
Eight of Swords, Afraid
Four of Swords, Harmony
Queen of Wands, Generous
Three of Wands, Bliss
King of Cups, Serenity
Nine of Cups, Fulfillment
Nine of Disks, Sustain
Ace of Disks, Prosperity


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The Wheel of Fortune

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Cycles
Evidence of wheels date back to 8000 BC in Asia; the oldest artifact is from Mesopotamia from 3500 BC and in India, spinning wheels were used as early as 1000 BC. Mahatma Gandhi used a small table top spinning wheel to demonstrate self sufficiency, and it became a symbol of the Indian Independence Movement. Interestingly, this style of spinning wheel is called a ‘Charkha’, and comes from the same root as the word ‘chakra’ which also means ‘spinning wheel’.
The wheel also functioned as a description of the cosmos (mandala) in many cultures and Jung used mandalas as a way of getting in touch with the unconscious self. He believed the act of painting mandalas had therapeutic applications for discovering underlying patterns in behavior. The concept of cycles, or patterns probably came from observing the moon and its cycles. Early calendars and time pieces are on wheels. Reincarnation, fortune, fate, and eternity are all tied to the object metaphorically. Another well known symbol in India is the Ashoka chakra which has 24 spokes (like the hours in a day) it is known as the dharmachakra, each of the spokes represents one of the twenty four virtues :- love, courage, patience, peacefulness, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, selflessness, self sacrifice, truthfulness, righteousness, justice, mercy, graciousness, humility, empathy, sympathy, godly knowledge, godly wisdom, godly morality, reverential fear of God, and faith that God is good.
The real take away is that of the cycle and the continuous dynamic nature of life. The Blood, Sweat and Tears lyric 'What goes up, must come down. Spinning wheel, got to go round,' illustrates the essential message of this card, as does Ecclesiastes 3 ‘…a time for every purpose under heaven.' Like a revolving door, we only see a small section of the whole. When you get this card, a cycle is coming to a close and a new one is beginning. Concentrate on correcting any sluggish spinning in your chakras. We are only here for a short time in this particular guise so remember that this moment is just a phase. The life cycle, birth, life, death and rebirth continuously cycle until full awareness is realized and we understand the true nature of reality.
Reversed: When you get the Wheel of Fortune upside down, it doesn’t mean you are marked as unfortunate forever, but it does mean there is a counter productive element or slow down in your life. You may feel a bit stagnated, turned around or topsy-turvy about an important relationship. The Wheel doesn’t run counter clockwise often, when it does, it’s like the tick of a second hand on an old fashioned watch, a hesitation, a tic back and then a tic forward again, slowly marking the passage of time. Sometimes we have to take one step back to start moving forward again. If there has been an event where you acted counter to your inner nature, ‘ate your words’, ‘bit your tongue’, you may feel ill-fated but this will pass. To speed up the unfortunate set back you need to counteract the cycle. Reverse engineering is when you take apart the object to discover how it’s put together. This is something that we sometimes need to do with our emotional life. To do this you can look at your reaction in a given situation. Write it down like a story, then substitute other people for the key players in the story. Examine how the story changes when you change the people involved. You may be able to quickly discover what went off course and get the wheels of fortune back on the right tracks.

Green (and Pink) - Heart chakra: Anahata
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -heart, green chakraAnahata: Green (and Pink) Heart Chakra
Romantic love, affection, caring and compassion, great strength, and the ability to change, this chakra governs our hands, heart, lungs and circulatory systems. It is our center of balance. If this chakra is under stimulated, we may suffer from indecision or anxiety, fear of rejection and clinginess. If it is over stimulated, we may not be able to express “love”, and we mistakenly identify lust, and longing with love, and arrogance with power. When this chakra is out of balance, we will experience the lower natures of man, versus man’s higher nature. To regulate this area we can use the sound YAM in meditation.
Benefits of a Balanced 4th Chakra
* Expression of the compassion, unconditional love for all
* A nurturing nature, a desire to befriend others
* Confidence in the ability to express love
* Mental layer of aura able to transmit and receive information effortlessly

A number of tarot cards are associated with the Heart chakra. These cards are associated with love, devotion, connection, and compassion. If any of these cards come up in a tarot reading, look for ways that you can associate with that card, such as situations in which you need to devote yourself, archetypes, and people you admire or love. Concentrate on the over all meaning of the spread, but always use your own images and associations that come to mind, as well. Trust your intuition.
HEART CHAKRA ASSOCIACTED TAROT CARDS WITH KEYWORDS
The Lovers, Devotion
Hermit, Realization
Wheel of Fortune, Cycles
Eight of Swords, Afraid
Four of Swords, Harmony
Queen of Wands, Generous
Three of Wands, Bliss
King of Cups, Serenity
Nine of Cups, Fulfillment
Nine of Disks, Sustain
Ace of Disks, Prosperity


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Strength

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Manifestation
As a young lawyer and student of Hindu philosophy, Gandhi was all too aware of the social injustice that the British held over the disparate groups of people in India. Over the course of years, he would develop and write about his beliefs in 'Satyagraha'(non-violent resistance). He becomes such an example of these techniques that it led to his becoming the father of the Indian Independence Movement which eventually unified the nation through peaceful civil disobedience and ended the tyranny of British rule in India.
Strength is not always about physical prowess, more often than not it is about character. Being a person of character means making ethical decisions that increase the common good. Making the right choice is sometimes difficult, and sticking to it can be even harder. Saying no to a child whom you love, leaving a relationship that you know isn’t working, sticking to a diet, or quitting smoking, all of these things take great character. But facing up to our fears of being rejected, out on our own, or without the neural transmitter pleasure crutch that we are accustomed to is what we must do in order to grow and continue to stay strong. This card portends a change is necessary and it will take great strength to see it through. When Strength comes up in a reading, there is probably an ethical decision before us. We manifest our destiny through our decisions, and our decisions emanate from the core essence of our being. Most decisions are made out of habit; if we’ve had success in some area we tend to do that again.
Our brain’s neural pathways are set up for this, decision making is often based on a chemical response – plain and simple - pleasure or pain out weighs our actual thoughts. What this means is that it takes constant vigilance and focus to make a decision about something when you don’t know what the outcome will be, or when it isn’t pleasurable. That’s where visualization comes in. When you’re trying to accomplish something difficult or new, a very helpful technique is to visualize a successful outcome. This physiologically sets up the neural pathways and allows us to develop an experience where none existed before, and it increases the pleasure response in that area, giving us a neurological ‘fighting chance’. Since our decisions are based on our experiences, you might need to create the experience before you can accomplish the task. For example, if you want to loose weight visualize yourself saying no to cake, while wearing your skinny jeans. That creates the experience. Have conviction in your decisions and you will grow in strength of character and experience to keep yourself fortified. Gandhi changed a nation; we can all change our minds, our hearts, and our lives if we’ll only put our brains to the task.
Reversed: The short answer is weakness, but actually it isn’t that simple. When you get Strength reversed, it can mean you’re experiencing a lack of resolve, or inadequacy might be the feeling here. The problem is that you need to re-access the situation, and make a new decision based on your assessment. If you strangle yourself by not allowing wiggle room, and by only seeing things in black and white, good or bad, then you’re missing all the colors of the rainbow. There are many paths to the same outcome, allow yourself the room to expand your responses. Sometimes we have to be 'cruel to be kind', but other times we really need to give into kindness. Re-access the situation, and don’t blame yourself or others for what has already happened, move on and act with courage.
Red - Root or base chakra: Muladhara
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -root base red chakra The base chakra is called MULADHARA, which means ‘root’ or ‘foundation’ in Sanskrit. Red is the longest wavelength of light that we can perceive. It is reputedly one of the first colors we see when we open our eyes as babies, and it is also one of the colors that can be restored to the color blind with laser surgery. The color red is a complex symbol of blood, birth, anger, passion, life and death in human psychology. In a vast array of Neolithic graves from various countries, red ocher has been found at the site. Either stored in pots, or dusted over the deceased, the red paint is an emblem of passing and a life of belonging. Red ocher or iron oxide was one of the first paints used by humanity. The root chakra is located at the tailbone - right at the end of the spinal column. This is where the three main nadis begin the Ida, Pingala and Sushumma combine to form the kundalini energy base. Tribal instincts form here, whom we feel most comfortable, our connections to our surroundings, and our grounding or stability, start with this chakra. Safety and fear of being hurt both psychologically and physically start in this region. Physically, this chakra governs our sense of smell, our large intestine and ability to process elimination, our bones and our adrenal glands i.e., our fight or flight response all derive from this chakra.

When this chakra is out of balance, you may find you are fearful of people or situations. You may feel or act flighty rather than grounded, and you may find that physical reality is boring. If you’re tired, suffer lower backaches, bloating or feel like you’re ‘carrying a heavy load’, it could be time for a chakra adjustment.

To harmonize this area, we need to listen to the beat of our heart, calm ourselves and allow our consciousness to affect the world. We belong where we are because we have something to learn from where we are. Try not to let painful events overwhelm you, rather remember that there is a cycle to all things. The passage of time will allow new growth and change to take place, concentrate on grounding where you are. Foster the health of your base chakra with a hearty meal. Pasta with tomatoes and red wine will help ground you. Share it with friends to help foster belonging, and learn to relax. You do belong, and belonging brings grounding.


A number of tarot cards are associated with the Root chakra. These cards are associated with grounding, tribal connection, health and security. If any of these cards come up in a tarot reading, look for ways to integrate the message into your daily activities.

BASE CHAKRA ASSOCIACTED TAROT CARDS WITH KEYWORDS

THE EMPRESS MOTHER, PRIMORDIAL
STRENGTH CONNECTION, MANIFESTATION
DEVIL - OBSESSION DISRESPECT, ATTACHMENT
TEN OF SWORDS DISASTER
FIVE OF SWORDS DISILLUSION, DEFEAT, SHAME
KING OF WANDS PASSION
TEN OF WANDS FINALE
KNIGHT OF CUPS EXPANDING
ACE OF CUPS PROMISE
SEVEN OF DISKS LIMIT, RESTRAINT
FOUR OF DISKS RECHARGE


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Sacrifice

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Selflessness
In order to know the infinite mind beyond the personality one must sacrifice or surrender the ego-self to the higher-self. In many mythologies, there is a quest for knowledge beyond birth, life and death. This information is brought back from the divide via a tribe's appointed shaman. Jesus hung on the cross, and Odin hung on the tree of knowledge, both defied death and brought back sacred knowledge. Another story about the hanging of deities is recorded by Pausanias, and tells of the legendary beginnings of the Kaphyae ritual of 'hanging Artemis'. Children at play hung her image in the cypress trees sacred to the goddess, possibly for their regenerative powers, as swamp cypress look like a forest fire has decimated them during the winter months. The children we’re perhaps calling upon the goddess to restore the trees. In any case, the men finding the children with an image of the deity hung upside down in the forest became worried that this was sacrilegious behavior, so they stoned the children to death. Artemis in turn, angered by the men's harsh reaction cursed the women with infertility, and the oracle at Kaphyae told them that in order to restore fertility, the goddess required that they make it a custom to hang her image in the trees to atone for death of the innocents.
So we have stories of resurrection, trees with regenerative powers, and the sacrifice of the innocent. But there is even more to the story. In addition to the shaman’s position in society as magician or god, there is the physical position of the body to consider too.
The theme of sacrifice by hanging is ancient, as is the form of the fylfot, which looks like a swastika but with shorter legs. The ideogram is one of the oldest markings found in Greece, more than 3000 years old, and it is similar to the symbol used by Native American Anasazi to represent the sun. Etymologically, ‘fylfot’ is Old English and is related to Norse meaning ‘many footed’. The reason to mention the fylfot here is that the Hanged Man’s legs take on the form of the fylfot. The form is also known as Brigit’s cross for the Celtic goddess who is another form of Freya. “The … spectrum of meaning is centered around power, energy, and migration. It is closely associated with and , thus with tribal migrations.” [symbols.com]
Given that in western culture most people know the story of Jesus, and how he arose from his grave after three days. Let’s look at the Norse myth of Odin. Odin hung on the world tree Yggdrasil (which means “Ygg’s horse”). The horse is a symbol for the gallows as in the horsemen of the Apocalypse, but the horse is also a symbol of ‘fleet footedness’ or being fast, strong and honorable. In this instance the fylot (the crossed leg) is a metaphor for Odin’s horse Sleipnir who had eight legs, and is the fastest horse in the universe.
In the myth, the hidden knowledge Odin acquires is that of the Runes. The word ‘rune’ literally means ‘secret wisdom’. Already being the god of war Odin knew that the only thing that could defeat him was knowledge. Therefore, he sacrificed himself to acquire that which could defeat him, becoming the god of wisdom and knowledge as well. For nine days and nights he hung on the world tree with self inflicted wounds, taking no food or water until he saw the reflection of the runes in the waters of life that run beneath the world tree.

From the Norse Eddas, the saga of the Gods: 
"Wounded I hung on a wind-swept gallows 
For nine long nights, 
Pierced by a spear, pledged to Odhinn, 
Offered, myself to myself 
The wisest know not from whence spring 
The roots of that ancient rood. 
They gave me no bread, 
They gave me no mead,
I looked down;
with a loud cry 
I took up runes; 
from that tree I fell."

So the combined meaning of the symbols is that of a sacrificial death to gain god’s knowledge quick. Each of us throughout our lives plays out the notion of a fleet sacrificial death and resurrection; we migrate to our new lives by renewing our connection to our higher selves. In order to regain our personal power and energy we must experience the migration of the soul. When you get this card you are playing the innocent in some aspect of your life. As an innocent, you disregard the influence you have over your own life. You blame others for misfortunes that befall you and disregard the responsibility you must take on to live wisely. The innocent must be sacrificed in order to acknowledge you are the co-creator of your own life.
The true sacrifice is to let go of ego, let go of personality in favor of finding a deeper understanding of yourself. Value your sacredness and by finding that spark of the bodhisattva in yourself. To heed the call of this card is the formidable task of 'letting go and letting god'. Or put another way, becoming comfortable in the 'wisdom of insecurity' as Allen Watts called it.
Reversed:You may be holding on to life too hard, and trying to make things happen when it isn’t yet time, you need to let go of desired outcomes, and allow the flow of psychic energy to catch up with you. Trying to make things happen is fine, but it needs to be in the context of co-creation. When things aren’t working out well, you need to ‘let it go’, or the universe will give you more of the same. Relinquishing control doesn’t mean giving up on your goals, it means allowing others to help you find the right answers, and allowing the form of how you get there to migrate. Sometimes we feel like our way is the only way to do something, so we have trouble accepting other approaches. When we get in this state of mind, we are disconnected from flow and our own innate ability to attract the psychic forces that we need to reach our goal. When you get sacrifice revered it means that you’re not willing to let go and let it flow.
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Indigo blue - Third-eye, brow chakra: Ajna
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -third-eye, indigo blue chakraThe Brow or third-eye Ajna chakra center is called “the seat of the soul.” It governs our awareness, our ability to foresee things and visualize desired outcomes. It is the Clairvoyant-Intuitive part of our brain residing in the frontal lobe, which corresponds with our higher brain functions. Our ideas about reality and our ability to create that reality are derived from this chakra. The color associated with Ajna is dark midnight blue, or indigo. Vincent Van Gogh’s painting “The Starry Night” makes great use of that color. When it is working properly, we are able to visualize easily, our memory is sharp as is our ability to reason. We know almost instinctively how to help someone without their asking, and we trust our intuition and ourselves.
If this chakra is out of alignment, we may have trouble understanding our role in the creation of our reality. We may chalk things up to fate or luck. We may not accept we control a lot of how things turn out. Freewill always plays a part in the creation of our circumstances, which are partly based on our worldview. Having headaches frequently or anxiety about social behaviors would also indicate a possible problem in the third-eye chakra. Conversely, needing to dominate or to control situations and others can indicate that this chakra is out of balance as well.
To harmonize this area, we need to practice self-appreciation, tolerance and love. Psychic energy is very powerful. Focusing your mind on how good life is, even through the rough times, will help you to vanquish many psychic and physical aliments. To develop your intuition and third-eye chakra you can try meditating near the ocean or a lake. Large bodies of water help to develop and sooth the mind at the same time. We open up when we are in great natural spaces that are vast. Use a picture if you can’t physically get to a vast body of water, or just look up at the sky at night, it has the same effect. Expanse and expanding is the name of the game with this chakra.
A number of tarot cards are associated with the Brow Third-eye chakra. These cards are associated with psychic ability, wisdom, and pure brainpower. If any of these cards come up in a tarot reading, meditate on the ideas presented. Find ways to expand your mind and to help others see their true nature.

BROW THIRD-EYE CHAKRA ASSOCIACTED TAROT CARDS & KEYWORDS

THE MAGICIAN, INTUITION
SACRIFICE (The hanged man), SELFLESSNESS
AWAKENING (Judgement), PSYCHIC
SIX OF SWORDS, INSIGHT
THREE OF SWORDS, SEPARATION
SIX OF WANDS, INWARD
FOUR OF WANDS, FORCE
SEVEN OF CUPS, INTUITION
FOUR OF CUPS, SELFLESSNESS
PAGE OF DISKS, PSYCHIC
TWO OF DISKS, INSIGHT


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Death

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Rebirth
Death is the ending of a cycle. In the context of a tarot reading it does not portend someone’s actual death. What it indicates is the diminishing of energy in an area of one’s life. It indicates the need to move on or to let go of some aspect of life that isn’t working any longer. Forgiveness goes hand in hand with death just as reawakening to a new spiritual dawn does once the passing has taken place. When we let go of a cherished desire we often need to mourn it’s passing, just like the passing of a loved one.
The angel of death is there to comfort us and lead us back into the darkness of gestation, so that we can be reborn into the light. It takes time to be reborn, so learning patience is part of the process. In the White Light Tarot’s image of death, the character is a woman. She is painted blue because in many traditions the color blue is associated with release. She has breasts to remind us that she is nurturing and that she is really there to bring about our rebirth. She holds a dream catcher that allows her to catch those dreams that can still be realized while those that are no longer valid slip through. The dream catcher doubles as the wheel of fortune reminding us of the cycles of life and that where there is death, there is regeneration. A cycle of rebirth is always at work in our lives. She wears the ouroboros snake of regeneration around her neck which reminds us of our immortality. Snakes remind of that we must shed our dead skins every now and again to become renewed. She is the death head, but she holds the nourishment for the next generation in her breast. Without death there would never be regeneration, reincarnation, recycling, evolution, or a single revolution of the wheel.
In the Muslim tradition, Azrael (the angel of death) is also portrayed as the cleverest of the archangels. Similar in nature to Loki in the Norse pantheon or Coyote in the Navajo, Azrael is a trickster. One story in the Qur'an demonstrates this aspect of Azrael’s nature. God asked the four archangels Michael, Gabriel, Uriel, and Azrael to gather seven handfuls of dirt from the base of the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden. Three of them would gather two handfuls of earth, while the last would only bring one handful. Michael and Uriel immediately began to argue over which of them would carry two handfuls. Gabriel tried to step in as a mediator, so Azrael snuck away and gathered all seven handfuls of dirt by himself, putting them in a bag and taking them to God alone. This demonstrates that death can be a trickster, but if you allow death’s help in your life you will speed your reconstitution and regain your power all the quicker, and in heaping handfuls.
The death card is the thirteenth card in the tarot. The number thirteen has associations with the number of moons in an annual cycle in 28 day increments. The idea of transformation is once again indicated as the moon is a reminder of the cycles of transformation. When you get the death card, examine what areas of your life need to cycle away, and what areas need regeneration and transformation. Trust the angel of death to care for you and respectfully bury that which needs to be reseeded. She will help you let go of your burdens, release them to her and know that this process is just the diminishing of the light now so that you can be grow, change and re-blossom anew.
Reversed: Let go of whatever it is you’re holding onto that isn’t working in your life. Something is holding you back, and it is leading you into stagnation and draining your energy. When you get Death reversed it indicates a lack of trust and pitting your will against everyone else’s. The universe is asking that you let go of the pain, the hassle and the need to control the situation. When you let go, you allow new growth to blossom. When you no longer need to control something, it can transform in miraculous ways that you cannot foresee. Trust that if you ‘let go and let god’ something good will come out of it in some manner. The hard part is allowing whatever it is to unfold without your intervention. If you must let go of a relationship, a job, a child, a cherished desire, know that a better circumstance will arise when you are ready. You must allow the passage, and part of that is mourning the loss. There is a lesson in letting go and trusting that our best and finest natures will surface when trust our higher selves or ‘god’ to help us co-create the world. There are no missed opportunities. The old adage of ‘if you love it, set it free’ applies here. Whatever is truly yours will return to you. Don’t let stagnation hold you back, move on and trust that life will get better.
Violet - Crown chakra, spirit: Sahasrara
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -crown, violet chakraThe crown chakra (Sahasrara) is the seat of higher consciousness and the master chakra of the body. It is associated with the pituitary gland and the thalamus. These glands control the central nervous system, and they are located in the center of the brain. Recent studies have linked them to consciousness, and new studies indicate that they actually respond to light, giving credence to the idea of our third eye. Release of old patterns, effortless manifestation, understanding others and ourselves intuitively, and renewed compassionate awareness is what concentrating on the crown chakra yields. As it has been said, we are spirits in human form, when we remember this essential truth and act on it we become truly aware. There is a very interesting article that backs-up esoteric history with scientific fact and further discusses the thalamus and pineal glands’ role in physiological-psychic phenomena. [http://www.book-of-thoth.com/article1542.html]
Violet was once the color reserved for Roman, Egyptian and Persian royals, and it was considered the color of blood. Greek myth credits Hercules, or rather his dog with discovering the dye, when Hercules’ dog came back with his mouth stained purple from chewing on snails along the Levantine coast. In the last days of Rome, the mollusk Murex was becoming scare, due to over fishing. Dyers reputedly smelled like dead fish, according to written accounts, but cloth dyed that color was worth its weight in gold. So smelling to high-heaven became the smell of wealth. It is a color not only rich in hue but also in human historyIf this chakra is out of alignment, we may have trouble feeling compassionate toward others. We may not see our role in the greater creation of our world. Our worldview may be narrow in scope. Anxiety, not sleeping well, general feeling of persecution and anger indicate a possible problem in the crown chakra. Conversely, demanding that reason and logic dictate all outcomes and explain everything can also indicate that the crown chakra is out of balance as well.
To harmonize this area, we need to appreciate and understand our role in the world. Just as the beat of a butterfly’s wings can start a tsunami, we need to remember that our consciousness affects our world. A simple act of kindness can do wonders for developing your crown chakra. To develop your spiritual awareness and crown chakra you can try meditating outdoors in sun light or moon light. White Light is helpful in realigning this chakra. Sitting in the sun will restore and balance the violet spectrum. Be careful not to overdo and wear appropriate sun gear and sunscreen. Practicing peace, love and understanding are the ultimate aids in developing our higher consciousness. Make the choice to live by higher principles and see how your perspective changes.
A number of tarot cards are associated with the Crown Spirit chakra. These cards are associated with compassion, enlightenment, and consciousness.

CROWN SPIRIT CHAKRA ASSOCIACTED TAROT CARDS & KEYWORDS

THE FOOL, ONENESS
DEATH, LIMITLESS
THE STAR, INSPIRATION
THE UNIVERSE, DIVINE LIGHT
QUEEN OF SWORDS, BEAUTY
NINE OF SWORDS, CRUELTY
NINE OF WANDS, ZENITH
ACE OF WANDS, FURNACE
QUEEN OF CUPS, RAISING ENERGY
TEN OF CUPS, CONTENTMENT
KING OF DISKS, HEALER


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Balance

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Harmony
The symbolism of DNA and the scale are used to convey the idea of a mixture that is in flux and wants to achieve balance. This card is usually called 'temperance' which is supposed to conceptually convey the ideas of balance and moderation, but in our society it has unfortunately become associated with guilt because of the Temperance Movement, so to universalize the nomenclature, the words 'harmony' and 'balance' are used instead of 'temperance'. The 'Temperance Society' formed in 1835 was Catholic in origin and advocated teetotalism and abstinence rather than moderation in all things, which is rather extreme behavior, actually. It resurfaced in the 1920’s and in order to achieve balance there was debauchery and prohibition during the 1930’s and this is the legacy of the word ‘temperance’.
So we’ll use the terms moderation, harmony and balance to convey the meaning of the card. Moderation is germane in most moral behavior models. It is held as one of the four virtues in Hellenic society, one of the five precepts of Buddhism, and one of the key tenets of Christianity, and Hinduism. Moderation in practice, means curtailing the passions in favor of reason. So when this card appears in a reading, outside spiritual forces are reminding us to control our behavior in favor of the balanced path.
When we first learn to walk, we have trouble retaining our balance, as we grow we are not only expected to balance our bodies, but our social activities, our work life, our home life and our emotions. Sometimes all of this balancing can take its toll, and we need to recalibrate our inner ear which is our center of balance in our bodies. By inner ear here, I mean our inner spiritual ear and that simply means we need to listen internally to our intuition and find the best way to strike a balance in our lives. Being in balance doesn’t mean giving up our passions, nor does it mean giving up reason. Like the mountain pose in yoga, when we get this card we are being challenged to both relax and to pay attention at the same time. Relaxed concentration is only achievable when we are in balance. When we are in balance we have an inner knowing, a way of observing that is beyond the five senses. When we are in balance we are in harmony with nature right down to the molecular bindings of our DNA. This is a state that is difficult to maintain. Meditation, yoga and being out doors all are ways of getting back into a state of harmony. But doing to much meditation, yoga or any activity will still lead you to being out of sorts. Listening to your body is the first step towards renewing your balance.
Reversed: Obviously you are out of balance. Maybe you’ve become too passionate about some aspect of your life and you need to tone it down a bit, or it could be your working too hard in some area of your life. When you get the Balance card reversed it usually is a signal to slow down and relax. You need to recalibrate and listen to your inner self. You could probably use some quiet time alone to recalibrate what you hold dear. Focus on bringing calm back into your life. Or you may need to do some reenergizing by doing a little bit of yoga. One pose that isn’t difficult to do, if you can stand, is the mountain. To do the pose you simply stand with both feet placed firmly on the floor. Stand straight but not straining at attention, and look forward. If you can’t stand you can still visualize a mountain and think of yourself as becoming the mountain. The idea is that a mountain is easy with itself, it doesn’t rush and it is always in harmony with its surroundings. If it quakes so does the earth around it, if it erupts, it is because great energy is flowing through it, but mostly mountains are silent and seem eternal. When you do the mountain pose, the idea is to identify with the majesty of the earth and to recognize your inner balance at the core of your being.

Light Blue - Throat chakra: Vishuddha
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -throat, light blue chakraVishuddha: the throat chakra is the color of ice blue cough drops. It is the Communication Chakra located just below the Adam’s apple in the throat, and right around the thyroid gland which regulates our growth hormones. Associated with clarity and growth, this chakra governs our ability to express ourselves. We can strengthen this area by using sound. Our inner voice and our “abstract intuition” (instant problem solving without formal logic) are derived from this area. If this chakra is over stimulated, we may suffer sore throats, feel we have ‘something stuck in our craw’ or have a tendency to ‘run at the mouth’. If it is under stimulated we may not be able to express ourselves with ease, and we may have a tendency to speak too softly, or strain our voice when trying to get a point across. To regulate this area we can use the sound RAM or RANG in meditation. In Tibetan "Rang" means "self" and the goal is “rang tong” or to become "empty of self" to further enhance the experience of connection with all.
Benefits of a Balanced 5th Chakra
* Expression of the truth, one’s words hold weight with others
* A creative outlet via communication, spoken, written or otherwise
* Confidence in the ability to express oneself
* Access to the Etheric communication
“In our society it seems as though one is always struggling to get their voice heard. When one has balance in the 5th center, an interesting coincidence is that one may find that their need to communicate with frequency reduces, but the power of their word increases.” (Quoted from:Kundalini Yoga Blog)
Historically the color blue is associated with truth and fidelity as in the English idiom ‘he’s true blue’, or the folk rhyme ‘Married in Blue, your love will always be true’, which is where we get our something borrowed, something blue tradition. Hence, various shades of the color blue are used in advertising, business and the military to instill confidence in their message and ability to get the job done.
The tarot cards that are associated with the throat chakra will have to do with truth and communication, authority figures, archetypes, and actions always figure prominently.

THROAT CHAKRA ASSOCIATED TAROT CARDS WITH KEYWORDS
THE HIEROPHANT WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE
JUSTICE FEARLESS, EQUALITY
BALANCE INTERCHANGE, HARMONY
PAGE OF SWORDS MESSAGE
TWO OF SWORDS TRUCE, TREATY
EIGHT OF WANDS EMIT, EMANATE
TWO OF WANDS STEADY
SIX OF CUPS FREEDOM
THREE OF CUPS UNION
KNIGHT OF DISKS DISCOVER
FIVE OF DISKS FLEETING


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The Devil

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Disrespect
Material identification, possession, and obsession are the associated with this card. Separation from humanity, from spirit and source, or higher brain functions like compassion and logic. When the devil appears in a spread it means identifying more with the physical body than with the spirit, and acting from your lower chakras rather than your higher ones. You may be fixated or obsessed with something. Under the devil’s influence we tend to seek externally for fulfillment or gratification. We want to succeed by any means necessary or at the expense of others. We are being controlled by the more base aspects of the human condition. In this image, a man stands along a highway lined with human skulls. His red face mask indicates a demon symbol in Chinese lore and also represents blood sacrifice. The Jackal shadow notes the duality of man and beast and in Jungian terms, the man represents ‘The Shadow’ or the aspects of self that are unconscious, rejected, repressed, or undeveloped both good and bad. We create the world in our own image. Our inner states of consciousness are mirrored in daily situations. If we want to live in a giving, peaceful world then we must become giving and peaceful. If we feel like fate keeps handing us a stacked deck, then we should look at the significance of these repeating patterns, and try changing our thoughts. We all have a Shadow, and confronting the Shadow is essential for self awareness, but if we continue to disregard the Shadow, with “why me” thoughts, then we are going to attract the Shadow through the mirrors of other people. Work with the Shadow and recognize it for what it is human impulses that require discipline to control.
Although not used for this deck, often a horned half man half goat is used to represent the devil. Many pagan symbols eventually combined to create the archetype of what we think of when we say ‘the devil’. Whether it was the Greek Bacchus/Pan with the ‘frivolous’ rites of spring, or Sumerian Zu stealing the "tablets of destiny" or ‘Satan-ikas’ the founder of a small sects of Jains in India who painted their faces red, and wore red robes- these, along with numerous other images were co-opted and ridiculed or demonized to strengthen the Catholic church’s political standing in the Middle Ages, but the oppression of the devil is still present and influencing our world daily. Look no further than "The Devil Came on Horseback", the documentary film by Brian Steidle an American who went to Sudan in 2004 to observe the ceasefire between southern Sudan and the government in the north. Steidle ended up witnessing the genocide that was just starting in Darfur. The word Janjaweed refers to "devils on horseback" which is the Arab militias that are trained, armed, and funded by the central government to ethnically cleanse Darfur. Let’s begin to work with the Shadow, recognize it and bring it into the light, one thought at a time.
Reversed: The first step is recognizing our role in our own bondage. To free ourselves from the internal turmoil of circular thinking or obsessive behavior we must first analyze the situation and recognize the triggers that create the response. When we feeling dull, bored, or trapped in a situation we are not using our higher mind processes. Like Pavlov’s dogs who responded to the ringing of a bell by salivating because they associated the sound with meat, we too have ‘built-in’ responses to situational stimuli. If you find yourself in a situation that you don’t like, figure out how you are attracting the ‘shadow’ self. Try to find a new response, if not in actual deed, then in thought. In other words, say to yourself ‘next time I’ll do it this way…’ and complete the action in as much detail as you can in your thoughts. The devil in reverse is just as insidious as the devil right-side-up, the difference is found in how much you acknowledge or block your role in the situation. Think of your thoughts as your children or little images of yourself, focus on each separately and acknowledge your base responses of things like need, lust, desire, want, fear, or sadness, once you have them clearly in mind, surround them with your higher responses of love, understanding, acceptance, and forgiveness. Now create a new scenario in your mind of how you will respond the next time the problem occurs. You will find that the actual response you desire will come easier next time.
Red - Root or base chakra: Muladhara
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -root base red chakra The base chakra is called MULADHARA, which means ‘root’ or ‘foundation’ in Sanskrit. Red is the longest wavelength of light that we can perceive. It is reputedly one of the first colors we see when we open our eyes as babies, and it is also one of the colors that can be restored to the color blind with laser surgery. The color red is a complex symbol of blood, birth, anger, passion, life and death in human psychology. In a vast array of Neolithic graves from various countries, red ocher has been found at the site. Either stored in pots, or dusted over the deceased, the red paint is an emblem of passing and a life of belonging. Red ocher or iron oxide was one of the first paints used by humanity. The root chakra is located at the tailbone - right at the end of the spinal column. This is where the three main nadis begin the Ida, Pingala and Sushumma combine to form the kundalini energy base. Tribal instincts form here, whom we feel most comfortable, our connections to our surroundings, and our grounding or stability, start with this chakra. Safety and fear of being hurt both psychologically and physically start in this region. Physically, this chakra governs our sense of smell, our large intestine and ability to process elimination, our bones and our adrenal glands i.e., our fight or flight response all derive from this chakra.

When this chakra is out of balance, you may find you are fearful of people or situations. You may feel or act flighty rather than grounded, and you may find that physical reality is boring. If you’re tired, suffer lower backaches, bloating or feel like you’re ‘carrying a heavy load’, it could be time for a chakra adjustment.

To harmonize this area, we need to listen to the beat of our heart, calm ourselves and allow our consciousness to affect the world. We belong where we are because we have something to learn from where we are. Try not to let painful events overwhelm you, rather remember that there is a cycle to all things. The passage of time will allow new growth and change to take place, concentrate on grounding where you are. Foster the health of your base chakra with a hearty meal. Pasta with tomatoes and red wine will help ground you. Share it with friends to help foster belonging, and learn to relax. You do belong, and belonging brings grounding.


A number of tarot cards are associated with the Root chakra. These cards are associated with grounding, tribal connection, health and security. If any of these cards come up in a tarot reading, look for ways to integrate the message into your daily activities.

BASE CHAKRA ASSOCIACTED TAROT CARDS WITH KEYWORDS

THE EMPRESS MOTHER, PRIMORDIAL
STRENGTH CONNECTION, MANIFESTATION
DEVIL - OBSESSION DISRESPECT, ATTACHMENT
TEN OF SWORDS DISASTER
FIVE OF SWORDS DISILLUSION, DEFEAT, SHAME
KING OF WANDS PASSION
TEN OF WANDS FINALE
KNIGHT OF CUPS EXPANDING
ACE OF CUPS PROMISE
SEVEN OF DISKS LIMIT, RESTRAINT
FOUR OF DISKS RECHARGE


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The Tower

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Destruction
Unconsciously inspired by 9/11, but still using conventional tarot symbolism of the hanged man falling off a tall building, the meaning of the tower card is destruction of preconceived notions about who you are and why you are here. Think of the biblical tower of Babel and you have the general notion of the card. Enlightenment is forced upon us by ripping away idol beliefs that have no bearing on our spiritual reality. Self understanding and knowledge is destroyed, or obliterated, which allows us to find innocence again. When you get this card in a reading, know that a fresh start is at hand.
The eye above the buildings represents omniscient. The buildings are the beliefs we build up about ourselves in the world. In a momentary flash of clarity we understand everything, and then it is gone, and so is the understanding of ourselves. In Hinduism it is referred to as the ‘sarv-gyaata’ moment. The understanding may leave us as quickly as it came. We’ll probably feel a blow to the ego in some way, or we may be left feeling utterly destroyed but at the same time knowing that we are getting a second chance to rebuild, renew and start anew. The eye also represents the opening of the psychic inner eye at the brow chakra, but because it is so devastating to have our beliefs about ourselves forcibly changed, the solar plexus chakra of self power is where we feel the energy strike. A sick stomach feeling may give way to weakness. Allow yourself the space to heal. Sleep and acknowledging the change will help you. The sacrifice made by the hanged man is not in vain, if he has faced his fears of death by replacing his understanding of death with the belief in his own renewal. He must pass through his inner hell and replace his internal devil’s ego with balance. When he arrives at the tower he will feel the final shock of revelation about his own true nature, and he will be ready for robust renewal.
Reversed: You may not be ready to accept your power as real, or the change that is happening to you. You may be looking to others to solve problems that are actually intrinsic to your own nature. When you get the tower reversed, you have been building blocks that have prevented you from seeing the situation as it really is. Building blocks are a great resource for knowledge, or self esteem, but sometimes they get in the way of our seeing our true inner landscape. The tower isn’t easy and it is about upheaval of inner understanding. You may need to let go of someone, or something to move ahead emotionally, physically or spiritually, and trying to hold on will only make things worse. If you can let go, then take the plunge and do so, the time is now because change is inevitable, and this is a huge change.

Yellow - Solar plexus, navel chakra: Manipura
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -solar plexus, yellow chakraManipura: the navel chakra or the Solar Plexus Chakra is located just above the belly button. This is the chakra of “fire within the body or the life force.” It governs our self-esteem, our confidence in our selves, and our inner strength. Our ideas about how capable we are, and our ability to create abundance is derived from this chakra. When it is working properly, we are able to see ‘golden’ opportunities in every thing, regardless of what befalls us, we can find something good in whatever happens. We feel good about following our ‘gut instincts’, and we trust ourselves. We have confidence in our abilities, and our place in the world.
If this chakra is out of alignment, we may physically have trouble ‘digesting a situation’, or understanding our role in it. We may have an upset stomach frequently or a queasy sense of fear or uncertainty in our gut. Conversely, needing to dominate or to control situations and others can indicate that this chakra is out of balance in the opposite extreme.
Either way, to harmonize this area, we need to practice self-appreciation, tolerance and love. When we feel out of balance, there are steps that we can take to help stabilize this area.
A number of tarot cards are associated with the Solar Plexus chakra. These cards are associated with self-awareness, inner strength, and power. What you probably most need to work on when you are stressed or weak in this area is self-appreciation to increase the circulation and power of this area.



SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA ASSOCIACTED TAROT CARDS WITH KEYWORDS

THE EMPEROR FATHER, ACTION
THE CHARIOT JOURNEY, STRIVING
THE TOWER EXPLOSIVE, DESTRUCTION
KNIGHT OF SWORDS DUTY, VALOR
ACE OF SWORDS ACCURACY, EXACTING
PAGE OF WANDS AMBITION, ABILITY
FIVE OF WANDS IMPRISONED, ON HOLD
PAGE OF CUPS POETIC,INTROSPECTION
FIVE OF CUPS DISAPPOINTMENT,CONTROL
QUEEN OF DISKS RESCUE, SUSTENANCE
TEN OF DISKS DELIGHT, HAPPINESS


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The Star

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Inspiration
Star light, star bright,
The first star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight.
As a glyph, stars define something of distinction. When we call someone ‘a star’ it is because they have reminded us of our divinity. They have communicated something we’re all familiar with, and they have helped us key into the truth about human nature’s vulnerability and power. When you get the star card, hope and healing are forming around you. Peace, serenity and emotional clearing reveal the path to a newly inspired you. You are a star, what you do is inspirational, and helps heal the planet. Be inspired because when we are inspired, we feel reborn; we are capable of great feats of strength and love.
The stars in the night sky inspire and empower us, seeing them creates a feeling of serenity and endless possibility. Ultimately the star card is about hope for the future. Receiving it inspires peace, and trust. When you get the star, you’re being reminded of your divinity. Transformation and emotional release create room for joy and love. Express your inner star power by letting go of all the misconceptions, shame, guilt, anger and sadness that you may have been holding onto, accept joy, serenity and love as your guides as you redefine yourself as a person of distinction. Cherish your ability to inspire others, and help them to find their own inner light. Share the night sky with the world, look up and be inspired.
The five sided star represents the energy of the four elements (earth, air, fire and water) and the inspiration of spirit or "soul" of man is the final point. Typically, in the star tarot the woman in the card is thought to be a Naiad, or a river nymph, and akin to the temperance card, she sifts the waters of life. In the White Light Tarot deck, the star dances to the hum of the eternal bees, her arc creates the beginning of the sacred geometry that will take her to the cosmos. The star card using Homer’s iconography according to Porphyry’s interpretation (1518) celebrates the descent of the soul into the world and its return to God and the immortals.
Reversed: You may be feeling uninspired and too earth bound. To put it bluntly, your inner couch potato is showing. You’re behaving in a discordant manner, so you’ve disconnected from possibility. You aren’t seeing the hope in a situation, or maybe you’ve chosen to ignore the possibilities which are right there in front of you. Whatever it is that is going on, when you get the star reversed it means a conscious refusal to see the good that is right a head. Cynicism, pessimism and depression are taking over the situation making it impossible to feel inspired. Boredom is just a diluted form of anger, find a way of breaking free and inspire yourself by inspiring others. When you actively engage in pursuing your dreams you inspire others and create room for inner beauty to blossom. Let go of your guilt, anger, shame and be who you really are, and inspiring being of knowledge and light.

Violet - Crown chakra, spirit: Sahasrara
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -crown, violet chakraThe crown chakra (Sahasrara) is the seat of higher consciousness and the master chakra of the body. It is associated with the pituitary gland and the thalamus. These glands control the central nervous system, and they are located in the center of the brain. Recent studies have linked them to consciousness, and new studies indicate that they actually respond to light, giving credence to the idea of our third eye. Release of old patterns, effortless manifestation, understanding others and ourselves intuitively, and renewed compassionate awareness is what concentrating on the crown chakra yields. As it has been said, we are spirits in human form, when we remember this essential truth and act on it we become truly aware. There is a very interesting article that backs-up esoteric history with scientific fact and further discusses the thalamus and pineal glands’ role in physiological-psychic phenomena. [http://www.book-of-thoth.com/article1542.html]
Violet was once the color reserved for Roman, Egyptian and Persian royals, and it was considered the color of blood. Greek myth credits Hercules, or rather his dog with discovering the dye, when Hercules’ dog came back with his mouth stained purple from chewing on snails along the Levantine coast. In the last days of Rome, the mollusk Murex was becoming scare, due to over fishing. Dyers reputedly smelled like dead fish, according to written accounts, but cloth dyed that color was worth its weight in gold. So smelling to high-heaven became the smell of wealth. It is a color not only rich in hue but also in human historyIf this chakra is out of alignment, we may have trouble feeling compassionate toward others. We may not see our role in the greater creation of our world. Our worldview may be narrow in scope. Anxiety, not sleeping well, general feeling of persecution and anger indicate a possible problem in the crown chakra. Conversely, demanding that reason and logic dictate all outcomes and explain everything can also indicate that the crown chakra is out of balance as well.
To harmonize this area, we need to appreciate and understand our role in the world. Just as the beat of a butterfly’s wings can start a tsunami, we need to remember that our consciousness affects our world. A simple act of kindness can do wonders for developing your crown chakra. To develop your spiritual awareness and crown chakra you can try meditating outdoors in sun light or moon light. White Light is helpful in realigning this chakra. Sitting in the sun will restore and balance the violet spectrum. Be careful not to overdo and wear appropriate sun gear and sunscreen. Practicing peace, love and understanding are the ultimate aids in developing our higher consciousness. Make the choice to live by higher principles and see how your perspective changes.
A number of tarot cards are associated with the Crown Spirit chakra. These cards are associated with compassion, enlightenment, and consciousness.

CROWN SPIRIT CHAKRA ASSOCIACTED TAROT CARDS & KEYWORDS

THE FOOL, ONENESS
DEATH, LIMITLESS
THE STAR, INSPIRATION
THE UNIVERSE, DIVINE LIGHT
QUEEN OF SWORDS, BEAUTY
NINE OF SWORDS, CRUELTY
NINE OF WANDS, ZENITH
ACE OF WANDS, FURNACE
QUEEN OF CUPS, RAISING ENERGY
TEN OF CUPS, CONTENTMENT
KING OF DISKS, HEALER


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The Moon

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Flow
Our journey through life involves change, and phases. Understanding, revelation and knowledge come in stages both conscious and subconscious. The moon governs the subconscious information surfacing through dreams and intuition, but because of its association with subconscious knowledge, it is also associated with illusion. In many decks the moon is a considered a bad omen. The reason for this is a complex cultural clash of Pagan and Christian beliefs, as well as due to the phasing of the moon (read: changeable nature) and its association with illusion (subconscious), therefore the moon is associated with trust, or lack of trust.
This is one of the cards I always disagreed with the negative interpretation, as I feel the moon is a wonderful symbol of companionship, after all it is earth’s satellite. The moon is also a symbol of motherhood, as her belly grows full each month, and it is a symbol of wealth and purity for her pearl like glow. If we view the moon as feminine in nature, we connect her with flow as in the tides; moods, menstrual cycles, sea harvests, and even the stock market change because of her influence. The moon is our natural time keeper, and the word ‘month’ comes from the word ‘moon’. From new moon to full moon is a time of new beginnings and thought is swift and quick. Dreams may seem more intense and since subconscious thought is most developed at the dark of the moon, psychic abilities come more easily. During the waning lunar cycle from full to dark is the time to get rid of those aspects of your life you no longer want. This is the time to quit smoking, or start a weight loss program. Feel the pulse and rhythm she conveys. Trust the flow and phases of your life. The cycles of the moon remind us that change is natural and that life consists of a series of phases. Call down the moon to bear witness to your transformation.
Interestingly, in most ancient Indo-European cultures, the moon is associated with a male god, including the Sumerian (Nannar), Hindu (Chandra and Shiva), Egyptian (Thoth and Osiris) and Norse (Mani). Expressions and stories like ‘the old man in the moon’, and ‘the cow jumped over the moon’ come from ancient beliefs and rituals.
But in the White Light Tarot interpretation the moon is associated with the goddess. In the cultures that favor the feminine view of the moon’s influence, she is associated with growth, wealth, grace, beauty, femininity, nurturing and immortality. In the Greek pantheon the moon is associated with Apollo, and Selene, in the Roman guise Luna, or Diana, and the Celtic deities she is called Mona, for the Tibetan pantheon Mana, and Chinese, Chang-Ngo.
If you get this card and you are in a difficult place, trust that this is only a phase. Change is on the horizon. Accept that your inner transformation is real because paradoxically change is the only thing we can count on. Change is the only constant as the saying goes. When you get the moon card in a spread, it’s probably a good time to find out what phase the moon is in and do some mediation under the moon light. When the moon is waxing or growing looks like ‘D’, concentrate on the things you want to increase in your life, like love, health and wealth. If the moon looks like a ‘C’ then it has just past full and it’s waning, or diminishing. This is the time to meditate on those influences you want to decrease, like over indulgence or self recrimination. When the moon is full, bask in its glow and give thanks to the wonder that life offers us, breathe in her serenity and fill yourself with peace.
Reversed: It’s a phase. Plain and simple that is what this card is saying. You may feel under-the-influence in some way, a little bit loony. The illusion is that the state we’re in is permanent. The moon helps remind us that this state of being is an illusion and what is going on is just a phase, nothing more. Wait and see the moon is saying. Reflect on your influence and that of those closest to you in your life. Release the attachment to outcomes whether they’re good or bad it doesn’t matter it is just a phase. Change is good, and we should trust that that everything will change for the better. We need to trust in our decisions which allow us to change as ultimately that is what being alive is all about.

Orange - The sex center or sacral chakra: Svadisthana
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -sex center orange chakraSvadisthana: the sex chakra or the Sacral Chakra is located just below the belly button. It governs our creativity, our ability to give and receive, our sexuality, our sense of sensuality and fulfillment, and of course, procreation. Our sense of awe is also derived from this chakra. When it is working properly we are able to find fulfillment in our work and our relationships and we can give and receive without effort. If this chakra is too weak, we may have trouble feeling connected to our partner or to our work. We may find it hard to see the creativity that we bring to our job, and feel undervalued or unappreciated in some aspect of our lives. If this is the case, there are steps that we can take to help balance this area of our lives.
In a tarot reading, there are a number of cards that are associated with this chakra because they are associated with the creative process. If any of these cards come up, look for at the meaning that you associate with that card. Concentrate on the meaning and the image, and always use your own images as well. Meditate on how you can use the information and apply it to yourself. To open the chakra you may find it helpful to use the mudra (hand postures) associated with the strengthening of this chakra area. Keep your hands in your lap left hand under right hand palms up, and thumbs touching. As you sit, remember to pull your belly button towards your spine. This helps to circulate the energy in the sacral chakra area, and helps to open the area and make the lower back more flexible. You can do this in a meeting or on the bus, but if you are able to go into a meditative state all the better. Use the mantra VAM (Sanscrit for compassion and wisdom) to further enhance the experience.
REIKI CHAKRA ASSOCATIONS WITH TAROT CARD AND KEYWORDS
FOR THE SACRAL SEX CENTER CHAKRA - ORANGE
THE PRIESTESS: VIRGIN, BEGINNINGS
THE MOON: FLOW AND CHANGE
THE SUN: GROWTH AND CREATIVITY
THE KING OF SWORDS: HIGH IDEALS, INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY
THE SEVEN OF SWORDS: CUNNING AND DETERMINED
KNIGHT OF WANDS: CREATIVE ALCHEMY
SEVEN OF WANDS: ADVERSITY
EIGHT OF CUPS: SHARING
TWO OF CUPS: JOINING
SIX OF DISKS: STRIKING WHILE THE IRON IS HOT
THREE OF DISKS: WORK, ENERGY AND FLOW


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The Sun

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Growth
The Sun rekindles our power to burn through to the heart of the matter which leads to growth. Without growth we cannot survive any more than the earth can survive without the sun. In older cultures, the sun is the mother figure. Think of the Egyptian goddess Hathor, Mat, and Sekhmet with the head of a lioness, or the sun disk captured between her horns in her headdress. Think of the Norse goddess Saewelô, written as a rune Saewelo Rune 1 or Saewelo Rune 2. In the Norse pantheon she is also called Sunna or Sol and she brings the sunrise with her chariot. Or think of Celtic goddess Macha, her unbridled strength fearsome to men, and in Japan she is Amaterasu; this only names a few, and the list is substantial. She is fierce, joyful, and loyal. She is often a healer and warrior at the same time, and she is the protector of growing things.
The sun, the wheel of fortune and the chariot iconography are similar and linked as a power triad. Based on "O Mother Sun" by Patricia Monaghan (Crossing Press),”…Among the Balts, the connection between the sun and spinning is very old, and the sun-stone, amber, forms the link....Sometimes amber discs were also placed in the grave, perhaps as prayers to the Sun Goddess to spin forth the lost life in another body.... [A]mber was considered a magical substance for a spinner; as the light never tangles in the sky, so an amber spindle protected the new thread from snarls caused by unhappy or malicious spirits....

"Saule, my amber weeping Goddess
creating light like thread.
As "Saules Mat" my mother sun, daily blessing
your thankful world with light."
[From Mythinglinks.org]


The word chakra translates to spinning wheels of light, so if you think of the sun as our universe’s solar plexus chakra you can see what power it offers us to burn away illusion. For the White Light Tarot’s sun card the chakra connection is to the sacral chakra or sex center. This is because of the strong connection to the creative source. The sacral center is the source of our growth, and creativity, and because of the association with the goddess and growth my inclination was to place it with the sacral chakra, but you may want to also use the sun card in meditation in connection with the solar plexus. To quote Wayne Dyer, "When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It's to enjoy each step along the way. That's what life is. There's no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. It's what you bring to life." Be like the sun and know that you can shine all day long, and burn through anything.
Reversed: If the Sun is reversed, you may be experiencing a cloudy feeling. Feeling dull, dark, baked, over done, the point is you may be trying too hard to get things going that you really don’t care about. Your sacral center may be out of alignment. It could be over stimulated, but usually when we get a reversed card, it is an indicator of blocked energy. Assuming that is the case, that when you get this card, there is some blockage of self esteem, sexual energy or creativity that is going on, you may need to do some clearing in this area. Going out into the sun will help. If you can’t go out, then try placing a glass of water in the sunshine. Allow the water to absorb the energy and then drink the water. This may help you clear away some of the blocks to your continued growth. Vitamin D, and or fortified milk may help, not only for the symbolic links to mother and growth but for the literal health connection as well.

Vitamin D3 is produced in skin exposed to sunlight, it plays an important role in the maintenance of organ systems and it promotes bone formation, it inhibits parathyroid hormone secretion and it affects the immune system by promoting immunosuppression, phagocytosis, and anti-tumor activity. Vitamin D deficiency can result in conditions that impair conversion of vitamin D into active metabolites, such as liver or kidney disorders, can leads to bone softening diseases, rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults, and possibly contributes to osteoporosis. Research has indicated that vitamin D deficiency is linked to colon cancer.
[Culled From Wikipedia]


When you get the sun card reversed, try to get some sun. Joy and growth are blocked, so find ways to plant seeds.

Orange - The sex center or sacral chakra: Svadisthana
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -sex center orange chakraSvadisthana: the sex chakra or the Sacral Chakra is located just below the belly button. It governs our creativity, our ability to give and receive, our sexuality, our sense of sensuality and fulfillment, and of course, procreation. Our sense of awe is also derived from this chakra. When it is working properly we are able to find fulfillment in our work and our relationships and we can give and receive without effort. If this chakra is too weak, we may have trouble feeling connected to our partner or to our work. We may find it hard to see the creativity that we bring to our job, and feel undervalued or unappreciated in some aspect of our lives. If this is the case, there are steps that we can take to help balance this area of our lives.
In a tarot reading, there are a number of cards that are associated with this chakra because they are associated with the creative process. If any of these cards come up, look for at the meaning that you associate with that card. Concentrate on the meaning and the image, and always use your own images as well. Meditate on how you can use the information and apply it to yourself. To open the chakra you may find it helpful to use the mudra (hand postures) associated with the strengthening of this chakra area. Keep your hands in your lap left hand under right hand palms up, and thumbs touching. As you sit, remember to pull your belly button towards your spine. This helps to circulate the energy in the sacral chakra area, and helps to open the area and make the lower back more flexible. You can do this in a meeting or on the bus, but if you are able to go into a meditative state all the better. Use the mantra VAM (Sanscrit for compassion and wisdom) to further enhance the experience.
REIKI CHAKRA ASSOCATIONS WITH TAROT CARD AND KEYWORDS
FOR THE SACRAL SEX CENTER CHAKRA - ORANGE
THE PRIESTESS: VIRGIN, BEGINNINGS
THE MOON: FLOW AND CHANGE
THE SUN: GROWTH AND CREATIVITY
THE KING OF SWORDS: HIGH IDEALS, INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY
THE SEVEN OF SWORDS: CUNNING AND DETERMINED
KNIGHT OF WANDS: CREATIVE ALCHEMY
SEVEN OF WANDS: ADVERSITY
EIGHT OF CUPS: SHARING
TWO OF CUPS: JOINING
SIX OF DISKS: STRIKING WHILE THE IRON IS HOT
THREE OF DISKS: WORK, ENERGY AND FLOW


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Awakening

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Enlightenment
Also known as the Judgement card, the Awakening card is about epiphany. An epiphany is ‘a sudden intuitive leap of understanding, especially through an ordinary but striking occurrence’. [Encarta] Like when you awake from a dream with a sudden realization, this is like awakening from your life to realize that the possibilities are endless. Synchronicity plays a key role when you get this card, so stay alert. Enlightenment is being at the threshold of clarity and maintaining that clarity. You are lightening your load, literally. You may experience a heightening of your sensory perceptions. You have been judged and you are now redeemed - the past falls away, you have no regrets, no fear, no doubt, the moment is now. Carpe deim. You understand.
The White Light Tarot deck’s Awakening card is about understanding the way of the bodhisattva. Without effort you are able to attain peace. Compassion and peace are the states of the bodhisattva. When we achieve this state, we have a clarity that allows us to understand what motivates us and what motivates others to do what they do. We actively choose to live well regardless of circumstance. Living well encompasses discipline without effort. We act from our center of bliss and joy, and continually do the right thing at the right time. You have passed through constraint of judgment into enlightened behavior. Living well means caring for yourself, others, and the planet with all of your attention, and living in the moment. Continue to evolve until you never need to remind yourself of your own worth, the value of others, or that the best course of actions is always from a peaceful center of compassion.
When you get this card a time of rebirth is at hand, you understand your inner calling, you have accepted past mistakes and you’ve released and cleared any lingering repression. This is a card of absolution, reconciliation, forgiveness and salvation. Follow your heart, but also know that this state is difficult for most of us to maintain, undertake to do your best. Remember who you truly are and maintain your connection to the ascended masters whom you now emulate.
Reversed: You’re not paying close enough attention. The signs are there showing you the way home, but all you are aware of is feeling judged. When you get this card you’re not awake. You’re in a mesmerized zombie state unable to awaken to what you can do to make a difference in your life and the lives of others. This world is only a portion of what makes up reality; don’t get too caught up in materialism. When you get this card there are something that you’re denying in yourself and that is arresting the energy flow. Develop your ability to feel compassion for others, and eventually you may feel it for yourself as well. Compassion is not the same feeling as love or pity. It comes from a deep knowing that we are all the same, that we are all connected, that we are all one. If you are having trouble understanding or feeling compassion, find something you can relate to that isn’t a human being that you feel for – it could be a pet, a tree, a river, a computer, a book, a jelly mold – whatever it is feel that feeling, and then apply that feeling to the rest of your life. It should be a feeling of peace and satisfaction. A feeling that there is no reason to change the thing because they are perfect the way that they are, now endeavor to feel that with everyone you meet and when look in the mirror, and you’ll be on your way to the bodhisattva state of full awakening.

Indigo blue - Third-eye, brow chakra: Ajna
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -third-eye, indigo blue chakraThe Brow or third-eye Ajna chakra center is called “the seat of the soul.” It governs our awareness, our ability to foresee things and visualize desired outcomes. It is the Clairvoyant-Intuitive part of our brain residing in the frontal lobe, which corresponds with our higher brain functions. Our ideas about reality and our ability to create that reality are derived from this chakra. The color associated with Ajna is dark midnight blue, or indigo. Vincent Van Gogh’s painting “The Starry Night” makes great use of that color. When it is working properly, we are able to visualize easily, our memory is sharp as is our ability to reason. We know almost instinctively how to help someone without their asking, and we trust our intuition and ourselves.
If this chakra is out of alignment, we may have trouble understanding our role in the creation of our reality. We may chalk things up to fate or luck. We may not accept we control a lot of how things turn out. Freewill always plays a part in the creation of our circumstances, which are partly based on our worldview. Having headaches frequently or anxiety about social behaviors would also indicate a possible problem in the third-eye chakra. Conversely, needing to dominate or to control situations and others can indicate that this chakra is out of balance as well.
To harmonize this area, we need to practice self-appreciation, tolerance and love. Psychic energy is very powerful. Focusing your mind on how good life is, even through the rough times, will help you to vanquish many psychic and physical aliments. To develop your intuition and third-eye chakra you can try meditating near the ocean or a lake. Large bodies of water help to develop and sooth the mind at the same time. We open up when we are in great natural spaces that are vast. Use a picture if you can’t physically get to a vast body of water, or just look up at the sky at night, it has the same effect. Expanse and expanding is the name of the game with this chakra.
A number of tarot cards are associated with the Brow Third-eye chakra. These cards are associated with psychic ability, wisdom, and pure brainpower. If any of these cards come up in a tarot reading, meditate on the ideas presented. Find ways to expand your mind and to help others see their true nature.

BROW THIRD-EYE CHAKRA ASSOCIACTED TAROT CARDS & KEYWORDS

THE MAGICIAN, INTUITION
SACRIFICE (The hanged man), SELFLESSNESS
AWAKENING (Judgement), PSYCHIC
SIX OF SWORDS, INSIGHT
THREE OF SWORDS, SEPARATION
SIX OF WANDS, INWARD
FOUR OF WANDS, FORCE
SEVEN OF CUPS, INTUITION
FOUR OF CUPS, SELFLESSNESS
PAGE OF DISKS, PSYCHIC
TWO OF DISKS, INSIGHT


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The Universe

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Divine Light
The Universe is pure mind, universal consciousness, energy. You have successfully tapped into source energy and cosmic matter has manifested into form. Ashes to ashes, and dust to dust - a cycle is complete. With a sigh of fulfillment, you can now walk from the inward spiral path through the doorway or the ‘eye of the needle’ into the outward spiral. All of the other high arcana states of mind have lead up to this one. Innocence leads to experience, experience leads to understanding, and understanding leads to communicating what you have discovered. You are at home with anyone, and anywhere because the universe is your home. Getting this card indicates in some way ‘you have arrived’ and that you know the satisfaction of being complete.
You’ve passed through all the phases of a project or life phase. From enthusiasm, to winning support, to the trials and tribulations of the tasks, through the doubts and missteps, you have emerged with the knowledge. You’ve sealed the deal, so rest-up and celebrate your achievements. When you call upon the universe for support, support is given. Now that the cycle is completed, you may rest easy, but recognize that the journey is a circle, and you’re right back where you started, soon to become the fool with a new task or life phase to master.
Reversed: You’re not connecting to your potential the way you’d like, perhaps. The problem isn’t your lack of skill, talent, intelligence or likability; it is your lack of trust and faith in yourself, others, and the universal law of attraction that is holding you back. You can achieve your dreams with the proper enthusiasm supported by fortitude and fairness. If the world has got you down, then maybe it is time to put the breaks on what you’re doing and try another approach. Everything will come clear in it’s time and when you get back in synch with the world, you’ll remember just how much you have going for you. In the meantime, slow down, back off and wait. Clear away the clutter and start to form the big picture of what you really want to manifest in your life. Let the universe do what it does by answering the call, but you have to do the work necessary to stay clear and focused on your dreams. Don’t let others dissuades you from being your authentic self. When you are authentic, you shine, and the universe is on your side.

Violet - Crown chakra, spirit: Sahasrara
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -crown, violet chakraThe crown chakra (Sahasrara) is the seat of higher consciousness and the master chakra of the body. It is associated with the pituitary gland and the thalamus. These glands control the central nervous system, and they are located in the center of the brain. Recent studies have linked them to consciousness, and new studies indicate that they actually respond to light, giving credence to the idea of our third eye. Release of old patterns, effortless manifestation, understanding others and ourselves intuitively, and renewed compassionate awareness is what concentrating on the crown chakra yields. As it has been said, we are spirits in human form, when we remember this essential truth and act on it we become truly aware. There is a very interesting article that backs-up esoteric history with scientific fact and further discusses the thalamus and pineal glands’ role in physiological-psychic phenomena. [http://www.book-of-thoth.com/article1542.html]
Violet was once the color reserved for Roman, Egyptian and Persian royals, and it was considered the color of blood. Greek myth credits Hercules, or rather his dog with discovering the dye, when Hercules’ dog came back with his mouth stained purple from chewing on snails along the Levantine coast. In the last days of Rome, the mollusk Murex was becoming scare, due to over fishing. Dyers reputedly smelled like dead fish, according to written accounts, but cloth dyed that color was worth its weight in gold. So smelling to high-heaven became the smell of wealth. It is a color not only rich in hue but also in human historyIf this chakra is out of alignment, we may have trouble feeling compassionate toward others. We may not see our role in the greater creation of our world. Our worldview may be narrow in scope. Anxiety, not sleeping well, general feeling of persecution and anger indicate a possible problem in the crown chakra. Conversely, demanding that reason and logic dictate all outcomes and explain everything can also indicate that the crown chakra is out of balance as well.
To harmonize this area, we need to appreciate and understand our role in the world. Just as the beat of a butterfly’s wings can start a tsunami, we need to remember that our consciousness affects our world. A simple act of kindness can do wonders for developing your crown chakra. To develop your spiritual awareness and crown chakra you can try meditating outdoors in sun light or moon light. White Light is helpful in realigning this chakra. Sitting in the sun will restore and balance the violet spectrum. Be careful not to overdo and wear appropriate sun gear and sunscreen. Practicing peace, love and understanding are the ultimate aids in developing our higher consciousness. Make the choice to live by higher principles and see how your perspective changes.
A number of tarot cards are associated with the Crown Spirit chakra. These cards are associated with compassion, enlightenment, and consciousness.

CROWN SPIRIT CHAKRA ASSOCIACTED TAROT CARDS & KEYWORDS

THE FOOL, ONENESS
DEATH, LIMITLESS
THE STAR, INSPIRATION
THE UNIVERSE, DIVINE LIGHT
QUEEN OF SWORDS, BEAUTY
NINE OF SWORDS, CRUELTY
NINE OF WANDS, ZENITH
ACE OF WANDS, FURNACE
QUEEN OF CUPS, RAISING ENERGY
TEN OF CUPS, CONTENTMENT
KING OF DISKS, HEALER


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