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Review – Tarot Card Readings app

Version 1.0
Size: 18.5 MB
Language: English
Developer: David Wong
Artist/Author: Karyn Easton
© 2012 igtsoft.com (software)
© 2012 Paranormality.com (art and text)

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.

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I have a very special affinity for this deck, because the availability of using its images meant that I got to publish my first Tarot book (Tarot, Birth Cards, and You). Without them, I was dead in the water. Many thanks to Karyn Easton for bailing me out!

What a wonderful thing it is that we have the availability of taking a mobile reader like this anywhere and everywhere that we go! With this lovely app, we can use fixed position spread, or we can use the option to use the cards free form. We can shuffle cards, browse the card meanings, and save readings to a personal journal. The deck itself is based upon traditional lines (the Rider-Waite Tarot, and the Tarot de Marseilles). Both the imagery and the meanings follow traditional lines. This is a deck that can be used to learn the Tarot, as well as to gain insight into one’s own life, or the life of one’s clients. It lends itself well to the environment of a smart phone or tablet environment.

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The landing page provides the user with links to Conduct a Reading, Journal, Browse cards, View Thumbnails & Cards, and About.

Clicking on Conduct a Reading allows the user to choose from Free Form drag & drop, Free Form deal & move, Single Card, 2-Card Spread, 3-Card Spread, 5- Card Spread, and 9-Card Spread, Now … we know that I had to play with all of the variations! David – You outdid yourself! I loved watching the cards shuffle! And yes, they shuffle until the user clicks to stop them. Clicking on the card icon at the top left hand side of the page for the Free Form drag & drop versions brings the cards up  Each card shows a rating for the following categories: Love, Health, Wealth, Happiness, and Character, as well as definitions for both the upright and reversed positions. The cards are dealt face down … to turn them over, tap on the card. The option is given to save the reading to a journal. Once on the journal page, the user types in their own commentary, and then either saves it, or quits.

The one card reading is defined as “What’s in store today?” The two card reading is defined as “Where to apply your focus.” And “What could be done.” The three card reading is defined as Past/Present/Future. The five card spread is defined as “Present situation”, “The best that may be achieved”, “Hidden influences”, “Past causes of present situation”, and “The possible outcome”. The layout is as the first five cards of the traditional Celtic Cross spread. The nine card spread is set out in three lines of three, and defined as follows: “Past state of mind”, “Past issues”, “Past feelings”, “Present state of mind”, “Present issues”, “Present feelings”, and “What is required?”, “Future Issues”, “Possible outcomes”.

Under Journal, the user can check their entries by date, edit entries, and delete entries. Both the text and the images of the cards drawn appear in the journal.

Browse Cards shows the card images, ratings, and definitions. The cards can be moved forward or backward either one at a time, or multiple cards at a time.

View Thumbnails & Cards shows both an upright and a reversed image for each card, along with the appropriate meanings. The cards can be moved forward or backward, one card at a time or multiple cards at a time.

The About section gives links to an Introduction, How To Conduct A Tarot Reading, Bios for Karyn Easton and David Wong, Legal information, a Help section, and an Info section.

I had a wonderful time playing with this app, and I think that you will too. I would also recommend getting all four apps (Tarot Quiz, Tarot Card Combinations,, Tarot Card Meanings, and Tarot Card Readings). They can all be seen here: http://paranormality.com/.

© 2000 – 2013 Bonnie Cehovet

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Posted by on September 1, 2013 in Tarot

 

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Review – Tarot Card Meanings app

Tarot Card Meanings app

Version: 1.0
Size: 32.5
Language: English
Developer: Kevin King
© 2012 Paranormality

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4S, iPhone5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.

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A fundamental foundation for working with the Tarot is having an understanding of the traditional meaning of the cards. From there, meanings that are unique to each reader are developed. What better way to learn than to work with an app that you can take with you wherever you go!

Based on interpretations that were developed by Tarot artist/author Karyn Easton, traditional card meanings are presented here in an easy to access manner. Both brief and in-depth card meanings are presented, along with handy hints and hidden meanings. (A tip from Karyn – the card images can be used as wallpaper!)

The landing page shows links to the Major Arcana, and each of the four suits. Across the bottom of the page are icons for The Cards, About, Tarot Shop, and Wallpaper. Clicking on The Cards takes the user back to the landing page. Clicking on About provides information about the Paranormality website, links to online resources, such as the Free Online Reader, the Tarot Diary, the Tarot Notebook, the Tarot Lovers Tarot, the Tarot Meanings Sheet, and the History of the Tarot. Clicking on the Tarot Shop icon leads the user to a page where they can purchase the Tarot Lover’s Notebook, the Tarot Card Meanings Sheet, and Zodiac Jewelry. Clicking on Wallpaper brings up a page with all of the card images, and a link at the bottom that can be clicked to add selected images to the Photo Library. (I chose to add the Hermit, one of my Birth Cards.)

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To use the application, click on the card category that you wish to see  (Major Arcana, Wands, Cups, Swords, or Pentacles), then click on a specific card. In the upper right hand corner of the page is an icon to click to see the upright meaning of the card. Swiping your finger vertically over the card brings up the reversed meaning. There are keywords, a Brief Meaning, and a Full Meaning, along with general information about the card (Spiritual (Qabalistic) Name, Title in French, Card Number, Key Number, Rulership, Hebrew Letter, Translation, Numerical Value, Astrological Associations, Candle Color, and Crystal). To the upper left of the card is an icon labeled “Hint” – clicking on this icon gives a few words about the significance of the card. Loads of fun to play with!

This app is a true resource – a ton of information easily located, combined with an absolutely gorgeous deck!

I had a wonderful time playing with this app, and I think that you will too. I would also recommend getting all four apps (Tarot Quiz, Tarot Card Combinations,, Tarot Card Meanings, and Tarot Card Readings). They can all be seen here: http://paranormality.com/.

© 2000 – 2013 Bonnie Cehovet

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Posted by on August 27, 2013 in Tarot

 

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Review – The Tarot Quiz App

The Tarot Quiz App

Version; 1.1
Size: 27.4 MB
Language: English
Developer: Kevin King
© 2012 Paranormality

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone,3GS, iPhone4, iPhone 4.5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPos touch 4th generation, iPod touch (5th generation), and iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later.

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This is the second of four apps from Karyn Easton and Paranormality.com, based on her Tarot deck (The Lovers Tarot). It is a wonderful way to learn the Tarot, and a really fun addition to a Tarot group meeting, or as a mentoring resource. The one thing I would advise here is that an individual become familiar with the manner in which Easton defines the cards – which is traditional, but also personal to her.

The first thing that I found out when I went to open the app is that it is considered a game (duh!), and that I had to set up a profile before I could even begin. The profile was easy to set up, after I reset my Apple password for the nth time! (My phone and iTines have a very iffy relationship, at best.)

The opening screen gives the reader the choice of playing an easy game, or a hard game. They have the option to start a game, or to go to the Game Center and check high scores  (from everyone who is playing!). At t he bottom of the screen are three small icons: Tarot Quiz, Share, and About.

Tarot Qui takes the player to the opening page. Share allows the player to share on Facebook, Twitter, or through e-mail. About gives information about the game, such as the two playing levels, The easy section is based on keywords, basic Tarot card meanings, and the spiritual (Qabalistic) name of each card. The Hard section tests he player on all of he elements associated with a card, including the rulership of each card, and its astrological association. It is noted that an overview of the information can be found on the Tarot Lovers website. It is recommended that the Tarot Card Meanings app be downloaded, as this is what the quiz is based on,

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There are six possible answers to each question. If you choose the right answer, you will be moved on the t he next question. If you choose the wrong answer, you will lose a life, and have another chance to pick the right answer. Nice all five lives have been used up, you will be shown the correct answer, your score, and the time taken to answer the question. You can share your score through Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail. Tapping on The Quiz will take you back to the home screen.

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The quiz can be paused at any time, and then restarted. The clock feature can be hidden, and the Tarot card can be enlarged. When a reversed card appears, you have the option to skip the question. However, if you choose to answer the question, you get bonus points!

I had a wonderful time playing with this app, and I think that you will too. I would also recommend getting all four apps (Tarot Quiz, Tarot Card Combinations,, Tarot Card Meanings, and Tarot Card Readings). They can all be seen here: http://paranormality.com/.

© 2000 – 2013 Bonnie Cehovet

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Posted by on August 24, 2013 in Tarot

 

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Review – Tarot Combinations App

Tarot Card Combinations App

Version 1.0

Language – English

Size – 19.5 MB

Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

Optimized for iPhone5

Requires iOS 4.3 or later

Author/Artist – Karyn Easton

Developer – David Wong

© 2013

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I truly wish that I had had this app when I was learning the Tarot! It provides detailed meanings for each of the 78 cards of the Tarot, and then takes it on step further by discussing the cards in relation to their position to each other within a Tarot spread or layout. Anytime a reading is being done, and the reader hits a snag in interpretation, this app can be pulled out, the exact cards pulled up, and interpretations pulled up.

The initial screen shows the following options: Introduction, How To Use, Additional Spread Information, bios for Karyn Easton and David Wong, legal, help, and info.

Under “How To Use”, the user is lead through a sequence of ten steps that easily bring up any card combination, from one to four cards. Essentially, you access the screen with the four blank cards, pick the suit that you want to work with, scroll through the cards, picking the card or cards that you want, dragging the card to the chosen slot (blank card space). Repeat the process until you have up to four cards in a combination to be assessed. Once your cards are chosen, press the Reveal button. You will see relevant keywords relating to the combination, as well as a rating for the combination.

What is the Ratings System? According to the app, it is the Ratings System that makes both the Tarot Card Combinations app and the Tarot Lovers Tarot Reading app unique. The cards carry ratings for Love, Health, Wealth, Happiness, and the Character of a person.

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For each card, the app shows upright and reversed meanings. An added bonus is that there is a rhyme for each car … in combination with other cards, the rhymes make a delightful poem for each card combination.

Under Additional Spread Information, we see what multiples of any of the numbers mean in a spread, what multiples from the Major Arcana or any of the suits indicates, the meaning of traditional card combinations (such as the Empress with the Eight of Cups), and positional meanings from the spreads in the Tarot Lovers app,

Under Legal” we see Terms of Use.

Under “Help” the user is guided to specific pages for specific information.

Under “Info” the systems info for this app is presented.

I am not a techie by any definition of the word, but I found this app very, very easy to download and work with. Information is provide on the cards individually, on the cards as they relate to each other, and much more! Everyone from a beginning student to a dedicated Tarot expert will find something for them in this app.

Drag and drop … the information comes up, and the story is formed!

I had a wonderful time playing with this app, and I think that you will too. I would also recommend getting all four apps (Tarot Quiz, Tarot Card Combinations,, Tarot Card Meanings, and Tarot Card Readings). They can all be seen here: http://paranormality.com/.

© 2000 – 2013 Bonnie Cehovet

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Review – The Tarot Lovers’ Tarot

The Tarot Lovers’ Tarot

Author: Karyn Easton
Artist: Karyn Easton
Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
2013
ISBN #978-0-7643-3902-8

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The “Tarot Lovers’ Tarot” is an amazing deck, without which I would never have been able to publish my first book, “Tarot, Birth Cards, and You”! I was beyond ecstatic when Karyn told me that Schiffer had agreed to publish her deck! So much work had gone into both the artistry and the interpretations, and into getting the deck up on her site (www.paranormality.com), that publication was that last step that brought the process full circle. The deck now has its own site – www.tarot-lovers.com – but those who follow Karyn’s work will remember that she included a miniature version of the deck in her Tarot Lovers Diary (complete with backs, so that the cards could be cut out, laminated, and used as a deck). The backs were redone for the print deck.

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This is a traditional 78 card deck, using traditional Major Arcana titles (with the following exceptions: Papess/High Priestess, Pope/Hierophant), placing Strength at VIII, and Justice at XI. The suit titles are Wands, Cups, Swords, and Coins (Pentacles), with the Court Card titles King, Queen, Knight, and Page. The cards are accompanied by a 208 page “Little Black Book”. I love the play on “Little White Book”, which is the usual terminology for the companion book to a Tarot deck! The cover is black with silver lettering. The word “Lovers” appears in a beautiful deep pink, with the initi (i.e. Aces arfe new beginningsal letter in gorgeous script! The box that the cards and companion book come in has the trademark Schiffer magnetic lid, with the cover matching the cover of the companion book. The back of the box shows the imagery of the Lovers’ card done in silver.

The Major Arcana cards are presented with the name of the card, the esoteric title, upright and reversed keywords, an explanation of each card’s energy in the upright and reversed (Ill Dignified) position, and a general statement for both the upright and revered positions as to what the energy is in the Seeker’s life. Card associations include card number, key number, rulership, Hebrew letter, translation, numerical value, astrological association, candle color, and crystal. The text is accompanied by a half-page black and white scan of the card.

Hidden meanings are listed for the Devil and the Moon:

The Devil: The Devil card in a spiritual position may indicate someone who is out of control and that something may need to be done about it. The Nine of Wands reversed, together with the Devil, may indicate that someone has a potential drinking problem.

The Moon: The Moon, together with the High Priestess, may signify gynecological issues and also psychic ability. The Moon with the Seven of Swords warns about who to trust and to be careful with money. The Moon with the Three of Swords warns against ill health.

The Minor Arcana Pips (numbered cards) are presented with the card name, esoteric title, associations for numerological value, element, tetragramaton, life aspect, and astrological association, along with keywords for the upright and reversed positions, a short discussion of the card’s energy, and a general statement about the card in both the upright and reversed (Ill Dignified) positions.

The Court cards are presented with the title and suit, the esoteric name, the numerological value, element, elemental name, tetragrammaton, hair color, eye color, life aspect, and astrological association. Upright and reversed keywords are presented, along with a short discussion of the card’s energy in both positions. There is also a general statement for both positions.

Examples of the card statements include:

Fool (upright): Follow your head as well as your heart and make sure all’s in place beforfe you depart.

Fool (reversed): Feeling blocked, nothing to say, stay true to your dreams and get back on your way.

Nine of Wands (upright): When you make your last stand be sure to know that help is at hand.

Nine of Wands (reversed): When you fear you are all alone, you’re quite right – you’re on you’re the Marseilles style own.

Queen of Coins (upright): Hair so dark, and eyes too, this caring woman is an asset to you.

Queen of Coins (reversed): Hair so dark, and eyes too, she hates secondhand, and only buys new.

Under Additional Notes at the back of the book we find themes for each of the Pips (i.e. Aces are new beginnings, Fives are tricky karmic change), and what the Pips mean in a spread (i.e. 4 Aces can indicate power, 3 Aces can indicate wealth, 2 Aces can indicate moves), and what the Court Cards can mean in a spread (i.e. 4 Knights indicate military, 3 Knight indicate people, 2 Knights indicate old friends).

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The cards themselves are 3.5” by 5.5”, with sturdy, glossy card stock. I adore the elegant card back – a black background, with the same graphic that is on the cover of the companion book and the box. The backs are reversible. The card faces have a ½” wide white border, surrounding a fine black border. For the Major Arcana, the card number and title runs across the top in English, with the card title in French across the bottom. The Pips show the card number is Roman Numerals across the top, and the suit across the bottom. The Court Cards show the title across the top, and the suit across the bottom.

The artwork is very simple, with the Pips done in the Marseilles style (icons only). Tradition has been followed in that the Four of Coins has the artist’s (engraver’s) trademark in the center (this has also been done with the Four of Cups).  There are some lovely touches, such as the butterfly on the Papess, the astrological signs floating around the Wheel of Fortune, the rainbow colored stream of water on both Temperance and the Star, the Devil playing a violin, and the fish on either side of the figure in the World!

This is a very special deck, IMHO. The artwork, the tending to tradition, and the time spent on presenting the information on the cards shows a very professional and caring attitude. A welcome addition to any Tarot library! Viva “Little Black Book”!

© 2000 – 2013 Bonnie Cehovet

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Posted by on June 1, 2013 in Tarot

 

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Review – “Tarot Lovers’ Diary 2013”

Tarot Lovers’ Diary 2013

 Author: Karyn Easton
Artist: Karyn Easton
Independently Published
Paranormality.com
2013

Tarot Lovers Diary 2013

I got Dragon software as a Christmas gift, and my Tarot Lovers’ Diary arrived the very next day! Okay 2013 … bring it on! I am ready! This is a lovely, A6 wirebound diary that has been out since 2006. I have used it myself for several years – I am old fashioned, so it sits right by my computer, with a written “to do” list for each day of the week (I do try to leave Sunday’s completely clear!). I check things off as I go, and can look to the days ahead to see what I will need to accomplish. Things can still sneak up on me, but I do have a good visual sight line on my projects. Yes, I could use an electronic calendar, but for me, this works better.

The diary includes:

  • Tarot card meanings and associations (with a black and white scan of each card), with room for personal notes.
  • Black and white illustrations of the entire 78 card Tarot Lovers’ Tarot at the end of the book that can be cut out and used as a mini-deck.
  • Examples of Tarot spreads, including two different Questions and Answers Spreads, the Yes/No Answer Spread, a Three Card Spread, the Seven Card Horseshoe Spread, the Seven Card Infinity Spread, and a Six Card Spread.

The diary itself is set up in the “week at a glance” format, with a small area for notes for the week, as well as a complete calendar for the month. Holidays are noted (please remember that this diary is produced in the UK, meaning that the holidays reflected are for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland), along with interesting little factoids presented for each day. The cycles of the moon are also noted.

There is an inclusive table of contents in the front of the diary that lists the pages where you will find astrological information, chronological cycles and eras, a religious and civil calendar, holidays in the United Kingdom, phases of the moon, where the upright and reversed meaning for each of the Tarot cards can be found, as well as where sample Tarot spreads are located. (I really like the fact that the spreads are not corralled in one section – they are interspersed throughout the diary, so that they can be specifically looked up and used, or they can be experienced in an “Oh, cool … look what I found!” manner as the diary is used.)

Throughout this diary are mini “infomercials” for products from the paranormality.com site, such as the “Tarot Lovers’ Trilogy” Tarot card app, a link to the Birth Card Calculator, links to the Tarot Lovers’ Tarot and the Paranormality sites, the Tarot Lovers’ Notebook, the Paranormality Haunted Directory and more.

Note: In honor of transparency, I need to point out that reference to my book “Tarot, Birth Cards, and You” is made in the diary. I thank Karyn profusely – had she not allowed me to use her “Tarot Lovers’ Tarot” imagery in my book, the book would never have made it to print!

The Tarot Lovers’ Diary can be ordered here:  http://www.paranormality.com/07diary.shtml ,

 © December 2012 Bonnie Cehovet

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Conversations Overheard – Moon/Hermit

I have been trying to think of ways in which I could make the Birth Card pairs come to life. I thought that it might be fun to have a Birth Card pair chatting over coffee or drinks. I was going to work with the gentlest Birth Card pair that I could find, just so the conversation would be, shall we say, a “nice, quiet one” Best laid plans, and all of that. The first two individuals that choose to speak were the ones that were the hardest for me to write about – The Devil and The Lovers. They choose to speak over drinks … fair warning! Today’s Birth Card pair are the Moon and the Hermit. The Moon is represented by the Lady of the Lake, Morgan Le Fay. The Hermit is represented by Albus Dumbledore. Both of these individuals are mythical … I am taking a bit of license here in asking them to represent certain archetypal energies. I hope I am forgiven, and that you enjoy the conversation!

Scene: The mythological isle of Avalon. Two figures are walking along the water, mist surrounding them. The male figure is older, with shoulder length white hair, and a flowing white beard. He is wearing a dark gray cape that seems to shimmer. The female figure is dark haired, and of indeterminate age. She is wearing a white dress, covered by a deep purple, hooded cape.

“Albus, thank you for coming. There is so much chatter going on that I thought it best for us to meet in person.”

“Morgan, it is my pleasure to visit Avalon. It is one of our better visions, and has served us well. I am sure that it will continue to do so. I have heard the chatter too. There will always be some version of the Dark Lord around. We always knew that this would have to be, so that mankind was able to come to its own conclusions, and drive itself forward. The Dark Lord forces everyone to examine their innermost selves, their belief systems, and their alignments. They see first hand what it means to act against their beliefs. It may seem harsh, but the learning is quicker. And we are always there to make sure that the chaos is “controlled”.”

Morgan laughed. “Controlled chaos … Only you could have come up with that term! I have been having visions lately that I would like to share with you. Both you and I came into this world with certain information, and the means to gain more information as needed. The visions that are coming to me were, I believe, implanted well before this lifetime. And they relate to the 2012 transition.”

Albus kept his face blank, but his eyes showed intense concentration. He was very good at masking the fact that what Morgan had just told him had startled him to his depths. Was it all coming this soon?

Morgan continued. “In my visions, I am seeing myself in a cave. It is well lit, with sconces on the walls holding burning candles. At one end of the cave is a deep pool of water. I am instructed to kneel down and gaze into the water. I see images that I know to be from my pasts. They carry no emotion … they are simply there. Mentors and teachers from various times in my lives come to me. They are all telling me to ready myself, that the time we all knew would come is here. I have a deep sense of foreboding about all of this. I understand the change … I helped create much of it.” Having said this, Morgan went quiet, waiting for Albus’ response.

Albus went deeply within himself. Was this the time? He had agreed to the task, but was this the time? In time, he spoke.

“Morgan, we have had many lifetimes together. You do understand the change. Your “remembering” is almost complete. The fact that you feel foreboding tells me that you have a wall up, that the final step is not clear. A part of you that many do not understand is that you are a healer. They know that you wield magical powers, and that often all is not as it seems in your world. For all that honor your wisdom, there are an equal number that fear you. This is the time for you to make your healing side known.”

Morgan felt the energy around her changing. It was lighter, more electric. She looked at Albus, and saw flashes of each of her mentors/teachers. A sense of peace came to her.

“What more is there, Albus? We have really not talked beyond the 2012 transition.”

“There is a reason for that. For many, the transition will be out of the physical plane. They are not ready to align themselves with the higher vibrations that will be required to move forward. They will be moving on to their teaching planes, to review the lessons that they could not, or would not, learn here. They have to move past these lessons to go on with their journey’s. You are a healer … in that capacity, you will be transiting with them. You can give them the visions that they need to know who they are, accept who they are, and function within those parameters. This will be a massive undertaking, and may require several lifetimes of effort. You made this choice long ago. Now is the time.” Albus looked at Morgana with wisdom and caring in his eyes. He knew that she would be able to do this.

“I understand, Albus. And So It Is.”

With that, Albus disappeared into the mist. Morgan continued on, saying her goodbyes to this world that she had walked in for so long. One part of her journey was ending, another about to begin.

And So It Is.

Images are from Karyn Easton’s “Tarot Lovers Tarot” – http://paranormality.com/ .

© August 2012 Bonnie Cehovet

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2012 in Birth Card Pairs

 

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