I was offered a loan of the Animal Tarot Cards created by Radleigh Valentine recently.
Oddly I had always been put off by the image on the cover of the box – yes we are all different and in fact this very image is what drew my friend to them.
I had great fun ‘getting to know’ the cards and have indeed bought myself the deck and they are, as we speak, winging their way to me.
My friend was unsure how this particular deck related to traditional Tarot so I wrote her some info –as below:
Major Arcana are the Purple cards and are numbered 0 ~ 21
These cards represent our journey through life as we travel along from being young and naive to learning about our gifts, creating relationships, looking at life differently and getting through all the ups and downs till we reach the end of a cycle. We can be at different stages in the cycle at any time in different aspects of our life.
The four Minor Arcana Suits
Spring = Brown/Red cards, Fire = Wands
Passion, creation, manifestation
Eg, With Wands, we look at our lifestyle; our hopes and ambitions in the world. They are the magic wand that supports us in our journey in life, they show us our beliefs and intentions, that guide us in our behaviour.
Summer = Aqua cards, Water = Cups
Feelings, Emotion, love, relationships
Eg, The Suit of Cups are the dreamy, emotional aspects of our life, and all to do with relationships. These relationships can be related to ourselves, others and even work and home.
Autumn = Green cards, Earth = Pentacles/Coins/Discs
Earthly life, work, money, health, actions
Eg, The Pentacles suit is all about the material things in life, be it money, resources or your time. These cards show us all the different stages of financial issues.
Winter = Blue cards, Air = Swords
Thoughts/thinking, communication, Knowledge
Eg, The Swords are the Suit of the Mind, all our thoughts and plans. As a result, they show us our worries, our concerns, and matters of knowledge and education.
card from the Animal Tarot and my favourite traditional set by Robin Wood. The wording on the Animal Tarot card is…
“It’s time to release the past and move on to something new. This ending is the first step on the way to a happier future.”
My traditional Death card shows symbols of a white rose and a butterfly – both also shown on the Animal Tarot card. The Grim Reaper is standing on a path pointing out a new direction to travel as the old way no longer is the best option.
So you see how they relate directly to each other? Let me know if you have questions about this or any other deck you have.
Oh my goodness I have just been listening to a meditation with Kylie Gray from a few years ago and got such a moment of clarity.
The meditation took us on a journey and we were to connect with our Guides. In the meditation he said to start building a picture of what your Guardian Angel looked like!
This has made me realise that my own Guardian Angel, who has been with me for many years, who has always been hidden behind a dark cloak, is the vision I created whilst waiting for HER to show herself to ME. I have never seen her face or her body in any way. This has always been my image but one I wanted to go beyond. I wanted to see her in all her magnificence but felt this hadn’t happened because, for some reason, she wanted to remain hidden. I have always held the belief (my own or from others I don’t know) that I should receive the picture, not create it. But we are all ONE so whatever I create is indeed my own reality, and in that case why not go ahead and create - yep, epiphany right there.
Angels and spirits are non-physical beings, so therefore, to use our own imagination and create them into what we would like them to look like makes perfect sense to me. So next time you are on a journey looking to find your Guardian Angels/Spirit Team, create your own vision in your mind and let Spirit step into that vision if it feels right to you to do so. Create without human limitations... this is YOUR team. Having a clear image makes it much easier to connect and communicate with Spirit, well it does for me at least.
We are so often held back by the beliefs around us. Maybe it is time to start stepping into our wholeness in our own way and not that determined by other people and what their visions happen to be.
I hope you enjoy playing around with this concept.
Do you get Angel Bumps AKA Truth Tingles?
Have you ever got Goosebumps suddenly when thinking about something even though you may not be cold? In the spiritual world we often call these Angel Bumps or Truth Tingles… you know those ones that hit from the top of your head and radiate all the way down to the tips of your toes.
For me these bumps are a clear sign that things are working out as they should be and are an indication to keep going along the path – a big fat YES!
These kind of bumps, I believe, come directly from your Spirit Team and should be taken notice of. They could be Aunt Maud trying to catch your attention or one of your other guides letting you know they are around. Work on building the rapport with your Team by asking for clarification via the Angel Bumps on any number of things. The more you communicate, the clearer the answers will be. You may feel silly to start off with but ask questions, in your head or out loud (if appropriate lols), particularly closed ended questions ie, those with yes/no answers. Then ask that the Tingles will mean a yes and voila – you have your own quick and easy communication system.
One of the most awesome things with this sort of communication is that it is with you wherever you go. You don’t need tools or tricks – just an open mind.
As someone who communicates with animals the one thing people always say to me is “I wish I could talk to my pet!” Well the good news is that you CAN. You may not develop the skills to hear what they have to say, unless you really want to, but that should never stop you from talking to them because they will be listening.
Animals of course do not talk in the same language as us, dogs in particular are all about smell and body language. Being able to read body language means that they understand things very well in pictures. So if you need to let them know something, such as you moving home or going on holiday you can send them images energetically over the airwaves whilst they are in close proximity to you. Connect on a heart to heart level and send loving thoughts with the pictures let them know they are always loved and that you will be in the new place alongside them. Imagine what their bed will look like in its’s new spot and the animals will pick that up from you via the airwaves.
The one things animals don’t get in the same way as us humans is time. We wear watches and have all sorts of devices that keep us on time or remind us that we don’t have enough time (that is another blog right there lols). So if you need to communicate time to your pet use nature… Sunrise, sun highest (midday) sunset for during a day. Longer periods can be how many dark times (nights – no point saying x number of sleeps to a dog or cat!), how many moon cycles for months and of course seasons for longer periods. See it is quite easy and logical once you start to think a little outside of the human box.
Use direct communications too, ask a question such as “do you like the food I am giving you?” You may surprise yourself and hear the answer clearly in your mind but look for those body signs – did the dogs ears or head drop or did it perk up and look alert, did the cat get up from in front of the warm fire and walk away, or turn and gaze at you? These are all good indicators of how the animal is feeling.
As always don’t over complicate it and TRUST the messages you receive, I know your animals will love to get on board and play with you.
Cards are an energetic tool and as such can get a little energetically icky. I always cleanse the energy of a newly purchased deck before connecting in and using it and then will clear the energy briefly between each reading.
As with everything it comes back to your focus and intention.
This list is by no means the only ways you can cleanse and clear your cards, it is individual choice and these are my main go to options.