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I hope everyone’s holidays are simmering down into a comfortable glow, and that everyone has great aspirations for 2008!

During the next few months, I will move this blog to my site, Love Psychics And Sages, to enjoy the benefits and greater flexibility afforded by self hosting. I hope this also encourages more people to participate in discussions. Have no fear! This blog will not stagnate while I figure out how to move, which template to use, along with other decorating issues that I love so much.

If you are stuck for a good New Year’s resolution, try reading an article I wrote about this time last year, 10 Best New Year’s Resolutions. Take some time to look at life with a little twist, then write your own resolutions focusing on what you can have, not what you can deny yourself. Life is too short to ignore the wonderful pleasures that feed a sense of well being. Reward yourself for being the delightful human you are.

Take a moment for reverence and remember Benazir Bhutto, a freedom fighter in her own right, and hope the world realizes religious dogma reinforcing the oppression, abuse, and killings of women based on based on the notion that a deity mandates women’s subservience to men, must be eradicated. The future of the human race is in dire straits when civil societies are held hostage by the beliefs of fundamentalists, Muslim and Christian alike.

Don’t forget to rediscover your personal creativity. I am rekindling my crochet, beading, and jeweler’s skills for the sense of accomplishment I experience by creating my own style, from the heart.

Finally, work toward a greener lifestyle. The benefits for the earth are obvious, but the renewed self sufficiency is often overlooked. Imagine how your independence will grow as you use fewer commercial goods, where possible. Don’t go crazy with this, though. Composting toilets don’t have to be a fixture in your home! EEeeeyew!

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Happy Holidays!

Being the pagan that I am, I slow down in the colder months with the rhythm of the earth.  Have no fear,  The New Year will find me back with more posts!

 Just remember, the greatest gift is time spent with those who truly love you!

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Keeping the interest flowing in your relationship require more thought than physical effort, but is also require we let go of some unhealthy notions about love!

Of all the greatest issues that face people today, keeping the life in a relationship is probably the most vexing and taxing. To keep that initial spark alive while coping with day to day issues is almost too much. There is a basic misconception that ends most relationships before they begin, much less flourish.

If we step back for a moment and really examine what hapens when things start going wrong, we see a common thread. Yes, it’s communication…but it’s not quite that simple. It’s the type of communication that makes all the difference in the world.

Most people think saying “I love you” on a regular basis should take care of things. For men, regular physical intimacy becomes a focus that doesn’t fulfill their needs for appreciation. For women, the flowers, chocolates and courtship behaviors just create more tension, especially if they are expensive. So, how do we bridge the gap and keep love alive?

Look around and what your spouse or long term beloved does for you on a daily basis. Not deep kisses and extended love making, but thngs like taking out the trash, washing the socks, taking care of the car-as long as it isn’t their hobby. It’s these little things that need a “Thank You” everyday. This shows that you are paying attention, that you value these chores and your not having to nag to have them completed. These little adffirmations also let your beloved know that you keep an eye on their moods, physical health, energy level, and well-being. This is the appreciation that men want. This is the effort that women need to see.

It is our daily life that we share with our spouse or long term beloved, and it is this day after day contact that creates “Forever”. It’s not the stuff of fairy tales, it’s not the unreasonable expectations used to make people buy rings and flowers and expensive meals. It is the deep seated observance that becomes a secular devotion, and the deepest, forever kind of love that we truly seek.

 

 

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My path to reading tarot cards began outside of books and far away from the Tarot-Waite deck most readers start with. There were several reasons but many still hold true for me.

The problems with Rider Waite is the abundance of yellow, and the insistence of some readers that the cards be read based on the race of the client. How does one accurately read when that particular prejudice is woven into the meanings of the cards? Such predetermination has no place in readings but there are still people being taught to use the cards with this set of blinders firmly strapped in place. There is no defense for this.

Needless to say, newer decks have been better for those of us who have issues with colors blocking sensitivity. Try looking at a picture with yellow scattered about and see if you can have any deep thoughts without becoming irritated or having to put the picture aside. The field of color taps directly into the subconscious where are deepest reactions and primal responses rest. Yellow works to poke at this area with a sharp stick, causing it to receded rather than come forth and spread its tendrils.

I can’t remember my first deck, but it wasn’t the traditional Rider Waite. I have enjoyed using decks by Scapini, I have used round cards, I have used several decks called “The Witches Tarot”-none of which looked just like the other. I have found that images with rounded edges, lacking harsh outlines, and having deep rich colors work best for me. They warm the psyche into playing along the energy streams, allowing me to see and feel clearly.

If you are looking for your first deck of cards you might be comfortable with the Rider Waite, but look at other decks to get the feel. It could be that you are better suited to something that strokes your primal self. Happiness is a warm deck of cards.

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One of the most difficult moments between clients and readers are those first few where previous experiences, misinformation, and prejudices assert themselves. The connection between people on the spiritual, intuitive / psychic level is where most people fail. Notice, I said people, not just readers.

Every reader or counselor has their own methods for establishing a connection. Some, usually those with either little experience or who believe that theatrics will enhance the experience for the client, will take several minutes to find the “connection” before they begin a reading. Those with more experience, and probably a bit more sensitivity, will most likely ask for names, birth dates, and a specific question – especially if the reading is by phone or in an online chat, and then begin the reading – more about this later. There are, however, several things to listen for, especially if nervous about the connection between yourself and a psychic reader.

1) If the potential client wants to “test the psychic”, the reader suggests they seek information elsewhere.

This is a pretty good sign that they aren’t afraid to read and are not afraid to refuse to play games. This psychic reader is not so insecure that they will try to sell you into a reading. If you aren’t ready, they send you away. Many think this is a sign of the reader’s incompetence, but look a little closer. The psychic reader who sends a potential client away has enough confidence to read for their current clientele on a regular basis and will reserve energy for them, first. New clients are not an issue that weighs so heavily that the psychic reader is willing to constantly “audition”..

2) If a reader consents to a test, they talk about the current situation.

They aren’t going to waste energy talking about missing dog’s first name during a test. They will, however, display insight without having been told about personal current events. Someone who can talk about your present without having personally witnessed it and without being told about it, is able to project the most likely results, and there might be more than a few possibilities! Be aware that this might not be a pleasant experience for the hopeful client, but remember that psychic readers do not set the future in stone and they aren’t reading those who are not part of the client’s immediate circle of concern.

3) If you have had more than 3 readings on the same issue, the ethical reader will probably turn you away.

There are people who “psychic shop”. They seek a specific answer and won’t be happy until they hear it. The desire is control, not insight. Most ethical readers will suggest a shopper accept the information they have heard, then either wait to see what happens or take action to change things. Another reading will not help. The ethical psychic would rather earn their keep where there is true need.

4) If you don’t have a specific question, they suggest an e-mail reading.

Usually, general readings are long and costly if the fee is on a per minute basis. The ethical reader will have a flat fee for general readings, the results of which will be sent via e-mail. A client can sit and read the information once it arrives, contemplate, and read it again. This tends to help organize thoughts so that a per minute reading on a specific question, and much briefer. This is the way I like to do Numerology readings as they can be over 20 pages long in some instances.

It is difficult to set aside some of the fantastic tales about psychics finding lost items, and revealing information that they would have not way of knowing, but step back, consider the sources, and then move past them. The ethical psychic is rather choosey about who they connect with, read for, and how they will expend their energy. Be ready for a serious reading, and listen for integrity from the reader.

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This will remove any doubts about the goals of the Bush administration. I found this newsy little item while doing a bit of research and feel it is a “must read” for those who have felt things weren’t quite right with the country we live in. Here is an article from earlier in the Bush Whitehouse byt Rick Perlstein of THE VILLAGE VOICE. Enjoy!

The Jesus Landing Pad

Bush White House checked with rapture Christians before latest Israel move

by Rick Perlstein

It was an e-mail we weren’t meant to see. Not for our eyes were the notes that showed White House staffers taking two-hour meetings with Christian fundamentalists, where they passed off bogus social science on gay marriage as if it were holy writ and issued fiery warnings that “the Presidents [sic] Administration and current Government is engaged in cultural, economical, and social struggle on every level”—this to a group whose representative in Israel believed herself to have been attacked by witchcraft unleashed by proximity to a volume of Harry Potter. Most of all, apparently, we’re not supposed to know the National Security Council’s top Middle East aide consults with apocalyptic Christians eager to ensure American policy on Israel conforms with their sectarian doomsday scenarios.

But now we know.

“Everything that you’re discussing is information you’re not supposed to have,” barked Pentecostal minister Robert G. Upton when asked about the off-the-record briefing his delegation received on March 25. Details of that meeting appear in a confidential memo signed by Upton and obtained by the Voice.

The e-mailed meeting summary reveals NSC Near East and North African Affairs director Elliott Abrams sitting down with the Apostolic Congress and massaging their theological concerns. Claiming to be “the Christian Voice in the Nation’s Capital,” the members vociferously oppose the idea of a Palestinian state. They fear an Israeli withdrawal from Gaza might enable just that, and they object on the grounds that all of Old Testament Israel belongs to the Jews. Until Israel is intact and Solomon’s temple rebuilt, they believe, Christ won’t come back to earth.

Abrams attempted to assuage their concerns by stating that “the Gaza Strip had no significant Biblical influence such as Joseph’s tomb or Rachel’s tomb and therefore is a piece of land that can be sacrificed for the cause of peace.”

Three weeks after the confab, President George W. Bush reversed long-standing U.S. policy, endorsing Israeli sovereignty over parts of the West Bank in exchange for Israel’s disengagement from the Gaza Strip.

In an interview with the Voice, Upton denied having written the document, though it was sent out from an e-mail account of one of his staffers and bears the organization’s seal, which is nearly identical to the Great Seal of the United States. Its idiosyncratic grammar and punctuation tics also closely match those of texts on the Apostolic Congress’s website, and Upton verified key details it recounted, including the number of participants in the meeting (“45 ministers including wives”) and its conclusion “with a heart-moving send-off of the President in his Presidential helicopter.”

Upton refused to confirm further details.

Affiliated with the United Pentecostal Church, the Apostolic Congress is part of an important and disciplined political constituency courted by recent Republican administrations. As a subset of the broader Christian Zionist movement, it has a lengthy history of opposition to any proposal that will not result in what it calls a “one-state solution” in Israel.

The White House’s association with the congress, which has just posted a new staffer in Israel who may be running afoul of Israel’s strict anti-missionary laws, also raises diplomatic concerns.

The staffer, Kim Hadassah Johnson, wrote in a report obtained by the Voice, “We are establishing the Meet the Need Fund in Israel—’MNFI.’ . . . The fund will be an Interest Free Loan Fund that will enable us to loan funds to new believers (others upon application) who need assistance. They will have the opportunity to repay the loan (although it will not be mandatory).” When that language was read to Moshe Fox, minister for public and interreligious affairs at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, he responded, “It sounds against the law which prohibits any kind of money or material [inducement] to make people convert to another religion. That’s what it sounds like.” (Fox’s judgment was e-mailed to Johnson, who did not return a request for comment.)

The Apostolic Congress dates its origins to 1981, when, according to its website, “Brother Stan Wachtstetter was able to open the door to Apostolic Christians into the White House.” Apostolics, a sect of Pentecostals, claim legitimacy as the heirs of the original church because they, as the 12 apostles supposedly did, baptize converts in the name of Jesus, not in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Ronald Reagan bore theological affinities with such Christians because of his belief that the world would end in a fiery Armageddon. Reagan himself referenced this belief explicitly a half-dozen times during his presidency.

While the language of apocalyptic Christianity is absent from George W. Bush’s speeches, he has proven eager to work with apocalyptics—a point of pride for Upton. “We’re in constant contact with the White House,” he boasts. “I’m briefed at least once a week via telephone briefings. . . . I was there about two weeks ago . . . At that time we met with the president.”

Last spring, after President Bush announced his Road Map plan for peace in the Middle East, the Apostolic Congress co-sponsored an effort with the Jewish group Americans for a Safe Israel that placed billboards in 23 cities with a quotation from Genesis (“Unto thy offspring will I give this land”) and the message, “Pray that President Bush Honors God’s Covenant with Israel. Call the White House with this message.” It then provided the White House phone number and the Apostolic Congress’s Web address.

In the interview with the Voice, Pastor Upton claimed personal responsibility for directing 50,000 postcards to the White House opposing the Road Map, which aims to create a Palestinian state. “I’m in total disagreement with any form of Palestinian state,” Upton said. “Within a two-week period, getting 50,000 postcards saying the exact same thing from places all over the country, that resonated with the White House. That really caused [President Bush] to backpedal on the Road Map.”

When I sought to confirm Upton’s account of the meeting with the White House, I was directed to National Security Council spokesman Frederick Jones, whose initial response upon being read a list of the names of White House staffers present was a curt, “You know half the people you just mentioned are Jewish?”

When asked for comment on top White House staffers meeting with representatives of an organization that may be breaking Israeli law, Jones responded, “Why would the White House comment on that?”

When asked whose job it is in the administration to study the Bible to discern what parts of Israel were or weren’t acceptable sacrifices for peace, Jones said that his previous statements had been off-the-record.

When Pastor Upton was asked to explain why the group’s website describes the Apostolic Congress as “the Christian Voice in the nation’s capital,” instead of simply a Christian voice in the nation’s capital, he responded, “There has been a real lack of leadership in having someone emerge as a Christian voice, someone who doesn’t speak for the right, someone who doesn’t speak for the left, but someone who speaks for the people, and someone who speaks from a theocratical perspective.”

When his words were repeated back to him to make sure he had said a “theocratical” perspective, not a “theological” perspective, he said, “Exactly. Exactly. We want to know what God would have us say or what God would have us do in every issue.”


The Middle East was not the only issue discussed at the March 25 meeting. James Wilkinson, deputy national security advisor for communications, spoke first and is characterized as stating that the 9-11 Commission “is portraying those who have given their all to protect this nation as ‘weak on terrorism,’ ” that “99 percent of all the men and women protecting us in this fight against terrorism are career citizens,” and offered the example of Frances Town-send, deputy national security adviser for combating terrorism, “who sacrificed Christmas to do a ‘security video’ conference.”

Tim Goeglein, deputy director of public liaison and the White House’s point man with evangelical Christians, moderated, and he also spoke on the issue of same-sex marriage. According to the memo, he asked the rhetorical questions: “What will happen to our country if that actually happens? What do those pushing such hope to gain?” His answer: “They want to change America.” How so? He quoted the research of Hoover Institute senior fellow Stanley Kurtz, who holds that since gay marriage was legalized in Scandinavia, marriage itself has virtually ceased to exist. (In fact, since Sweden instituted a registered-partnership law for same-sex couples in the mid ’90s, there has been no overall change in the marriage and divorce rates there.)

It is Matt Schlapp, White House political director and Karl Rove’s chief lieutenant, who was paraphrased as stating “that the Presidents Administration and current Government is engaged in cultural, economical, and social struggle on every level.”

Also present at the meeting was Kristen Silverberg, deputy assistant to the president for domestic policy. (None of the participants responded to interview requests.)

The meeting was closed by Goeglein, who was asked, “What can we do to assist in this fight for these issues and our nations [sic] foundation and values?” and who reportedly responded, “Pray, pray, pray, pray.”


The Apostolic Congress’s representative in Israel, Kim Johnson, is ethnically Jewish, keeps kosher, and holds herself to the sumptuary standards of Orthodox Jewish women, so as to better blend in to her surroundings.

In one letter home obtained by the Voice she notes that many of the Apostolic Christians she works with in Israel are Filipino women “married to Jewish men—who on occasion accompany their wives to meetings. We are planning to start a fellowship with this select group where we can meet for dinners and get to know one another. Please Pray for the timing and formation of such.” Elsewhere she talks of a discussion with someone “on the pitfalls and aggravations of Christians who missionize Jews.” She works often among the Jewish poor—the kind of people who might be interested in interest-free loans—and is thrilled to “meet the outcasts of this Land—how wonderful because they are in the in-casts for His Kingdom.”

An ecstatic figure who from her own reports appears to operate at the edge of sanity (“Two of the three nights in my apartment I have been attacked by a hair raising spirit of fear,” she writes, noting the sublet contained a Harry Potter book; “at this time I am associating it with witchcraft”), Johnson has also met with Knesset member Gila Gamliel. (Gamliel did not respond to interview requests.) She also boasted of an imminent meeting with a “Knesset leader.”

“At this point and for all future mails it is important for me to note that this country has very stiff anti-missionary laws,” she warns the followers back home. [D]iscretion is required in all mails. This is particularly important to understand when people write mails or ask about organization efforts regarding such.”

Her boss, Pastor Upton, displays a photograph on the Apostolic Congress website of a meeting between himself and Beny Elon, Prime Minister Sharon’s tourism minister, famous in Israel for his advocacy of the expulsion of Palestinians from Israeli-controlled lands.

His spokesman in the U.S., Ronn Torassian, affirmed that “Minister Elon knows Mr. Upton well,” but when asked whether he is aware that Mr. Upton’s staffer may be breaking Israel’s anti-missionary laws, snapped: “It’s not something he’s interested in discussing with The Village Voice.”

In addition to its work in Israel, the Apostolic Congress is part of the increasingly Christian public face of pro-Israel activities in the United States. Don Wagner, author of the book Anxious for Armageddon, has been studying Christian Zionism for 15 years, and believes that the current hard-line pro-Israel movement in the U.S. is “predominantly gentile.” Often, devotees work in concert with Jewish groups like Americans for a Safe Israel, or AFSI, which set up a mostly Christian Committee for a One-State Solution as the sponsor of last year’s billboard campaign. The committee’s board included, in addition to Upton, such evangelical luminaries as Gary Bauer and E.E. “Ed” McAteer of the Religious Roundtable.

AFSI’s executive director, Helen Freedman, confirms the increasingly Christian cast of her coalition. “We have many good Jews, of course,” she says, “but they’re in the minority.” She adds, “The liberal Jew is unable to believe the Arab when he says his goal is to Islamize the West. . . . But I believe it. And evangelical Christians believe it.”

Of Jews who might otherwise support her group’s view of Jews’ divine right to Israel, she laments, “They’re embarrassed about quoting the Bible, about referring to the Covenant, about talking about the Promised Land.”

Pastor Upton is not embarrassed, and Helen Freedman is proud of her association with him. She is wistful when asked if she, like Upton, has been able to finagle a meeting with the president. “Pastor Upton is the head of a whole Apostolic Congress,” she laments. “It’s a nationwide group of evangelicals.”

Upton has something Freedman covets: a voting bloc.

She laughs off concerns that, for Christian Zionists, actual Jews living in Israel serve as mere props for their end-time scenario: “We have a different conception of what [the end of the world] will be like . . . Whoever is right will rejoice, and whoever was wrong will say, ‘Whoops!’ ”

She’s not worried, either, about evangelical anti-Semitism: “I don’t think it exists,” she says. She does say, however, that it would concern her if she learned the Apostolic Congress had a representative in Israel trying to win converts: “If we discovered that people were trying to convert Jews to Christianity, we would be very upset.”


Kim Johnson doesn’t call it converting Jews to Christianity. She calls it “Circumcision of the Heart”—a spiritual circumcision Jews must undergo because, she writes in paraphrase of Jeremiah, chapter 9, “God will destroy all the uncircumcised nations along with the House of Israel, because the House of Israel is uncircumcised in the heart . . . [I]t is through the Gospel . . . that men’s hearts are circumcised.”

Apostolics believe that only 144,000 Jews who have not, prior to the Second Coming of Christ, acknowledged Jesus as the Messiah will be saved in the end times. Though even for those who do not believe in this literal interpretation of the Bible—or for anyone who lives in Israel, or who cares about Israel, or whose security might be affected by a widespread conflagration in the Middle East, which is everyone—the scriptural prophecies of the Christian Zionists should be the least of their worries.

Instead, we should be worried about self-fulfilling prophecies. “Biblically,” stated one South Carolina minister in support of the anti-Road Map billboard campaign, “there’s always going to be a war.”

Don Wagner, an evangelical, worries that in the Republican Party, people who believe this “are dominating the discourse now, in an election year.” He calls the attempt to yoke Scripture to current events “a modern heresy, with cultish proportions.

“I mean, it’s appalling,” he rails on. “And it also shows how marginalized mainstream Christian thinking, and the majority of evangelical thought, have become.”

It demonstrates, he says, “the absolute convergence of the neoconservatives with the Christian Zionists and the pro-Israel lobby, driving U.S. Mideast policy.”

The problem is not that George W. Bush is discussing policy with people who press right-wing solutions to achieve peace in the Middle East, or with devout Christians. It is that he is discussing policy with Christians who might not care about peace at all—at least until the rapture.

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Part 3: The Cheater

This is Part 3 .  Remember, I am speaking from a reader’s stand point and am not a professional in the psychological or medical arts.  These posts are illustrations of  a set of reading types, and where personal power has to be inserted for change to take place in the client’s life.

The Cheater is, quite often, assumed to be the same mind set as The Never Ending Affair.  There is, however, a critical difference.  The Never Ending Affair is actually an ongoing relationship.  The Cheater is generally a little more dangerous, because they will act on impulse more often than not, and use excuses for the "momentary lapse".

I had a client years ago who’s husband fell under this difficult category. She had suffered for his impulsiveness emotionally – she could never be certain that he was truthful – and physically as she had contracted frightening, but treatable, STD’s over several years.  Her tarot readings were fraught with emotional turmoil and repeating cycles.  She just couldn’t break free of her circumstances. This was a case of the soul mate being almost her worst enemy.  I was able to convince her that deeper psychological counseling was needed for her to discover what needs the relationship fulfilled and if they were based on childhood abuse, which was very possible.

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The Cheater will follow impulses before thinking of consequences which can include passing on STD’s, humiliating their spouse, and unplanned pregnancies outside of the marital relationship. Most "pick up" people for sexual encounters on what appears to be the spur of the moment, but many have a cycle of behaviors, much like an abusive spouse.  They are calm and reasonable for a period of time, then tensions build and they may become argumentative and unreasonable.  When they can no longer stand the tension, they act out by finding  men, or women, for strictly sexual activity but there are those who return to the same person over and over again for that release if the price is right.  Most prefer to pay for the experience because the exchange of money prevents other expectations from developing.

Tarot Readings like this are heart wrenching for the reader.  If we could whisk a client away and infuse their existence with positive energy and healing, we would, but this healing must come from within.  An ethical tarot reader should never hesitate in directing a client toward medical intervention when it is obviously called for.  When doing phone or email readings, most ethical readers will have a set of 800 numbers on hand and encourage the distressed client in accessing these services for relief.

Tarot and Psychic Readers are not miracle workers.  When clients have these or other entrenched patterns, they come to the surface in the tarot or psychic  reading first, and almost block out anything else.  During a tarot or psychic reading the pattern asserts itself  in other areas of  life, indicating the application of  personal responsibility and power is the next step that must be taken, but has yet to begin.  Often I will see a  9 or 10 in  several suits in several spreads during a reading, and those particular tarot cards  will be reversed,  meaning the energy or progress  is being blocked.  Each reader chooses how to handle this energy in their own way.  I have known readers who simply do not read reversed cards so that the client never gets the information that might change their path. 

Eventually everyone becomes conscious of the situations that make them feel helpless and take steps to end them.  There is no client who isn’t helped by knowing that there is something grinding away in their relationship that is probably influencing other life issues!

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