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Featured Card of the Day – 5 of Air – Dreams of Gaia by Ravynne Phelan

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Keywords

Illusion, Reality, Separation, Self-Sabotage, Self-Deception, Criticism, Conditioning, Healing

Key Phrases

– A conflict between reality and belief
– A time for honesty
– Let go of illusion and pretense
– Face a painful reality
– You are not alone
– Advice and constructive criticism are not a personal attack
– Drop the mask. Reveal your true self
– Forgive others for wearing their masks

Card Meaning

The Five of Air represents a conflict between what is real and what is believed. It addresses a need for honesty, and the courage to let go of a self-deception that is being held onto in order to hide and protect from a painful reality.

This painful reality may be one that we choose to deny, but even so, its influence can still create dissonance in our lives and work in a corrosive manner that gives rise to conflicted thoughts, a desire to avoid and procrastinate, and eventual self-sabotage of our creative endeavors. It can also manifest in a desire to withdraw and separate ourselves from those who love us.

The symptoms to look for are low self-esteem, a disparaging inner voice, and an inability to handle criticism as it only serves to reinforce a low opinion that is already held. Even simple advice and constructive criticism that are offered to help improve or fix something that is in need of further work is perceived to be an attack, and is responded to with hurt and anger. When this happens repeatedly, others may become reluctant to speak up even when there is a real and genuine need. This reluctance is noticed and feeds the anxiety.

If the Five of Air card appears in your reading, it is, in essence, a gentle intervention. Remove the mask and the blindfold from your eyes. Let go of the lie that all is okay and that you are happy, and allow yourself to see that you need to address the thoughts and beliefs that have you thinking poorly of yourself. It is time for you to see and face the inner demons that have you believing that you are not worthy or deserving of success or happiness. 

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Featured Card of the Day – The Crone – Dreams of Gaia by Ravynne Phelan

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Keywords

Feminine Power, Fearlessness, Authenticity, Individuality, Independence, New Purpose, Freedom, Shadow Self

Key Phrases

– The woman who understands true nature
– Be aware of your choices
– Be unafraid to walk your path alone
– A life of your own design
– Untapped power and potential
– A fertile and productive future
– A childless state
– Be unbowed and unapologetic
– Respect and cherish your elders
– A direct and forthright approach is needed
– Do what’s necessary not what’s expected
– It is time to be fierce and fight back

Card Meaning

The Crone symbolizes a proud and mature woman, an aging woman who is no longer influenced by a need to reproduce or parental responsibilities. She may be approaching, or have reached, a stage in her life where her menstrual cycles have slowed or ceased, but she is no longer true to the Crone archetype of old that is often depicted by Western society. The nature of the Crone has evolved with the times. She is the wise woman who is like nature – wild, still, passionate, volatile, calm, peaceful, adaptable and flowing, creative and powerful. She is everything she chooses to be. She is a woman who is aware of her choices, and may well have transitioned form Maiden to Crone without feeling any need or desire to be a Mother.

The Crone symbolizes the emergence of a mature woman who sees herself as being in her prime, with many fertile, productive, and creative years ahead of her. She is a woman who embraces her true power and potential.

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Featured Card of the Day – 5 of Fire – Dreams of Gaia by Ravynne Phelan

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Keywords

Rivalry, Competition, Aggression, Bullying, Conflict, Discord, Chaos, Obstacles

Key Phrases

– A time of chaos, conflict or confrontation
– A battle for control or dominance
– A desire for power, influence, or wealth
– Do not judge or condemn others
– Base your concerns in fact
– Avoid pack mentality behavior
– Make no place for bullying’
– Focus on your vision, not what others are doing

Card Meaning

The Five of Fire symbolizes a time of chaos, conflict, or confrontation – either at hand or ahead. Someone may now see themselves or others as a rival or competitor, and may be willing to use ruthless or aggressive measures to come out on top.

Rivalry between people, and a battle for control and dominance, can lead one person to place obstacles in the path of another in order to slow their progress or deter them completely. Why? Because they want to be the one with the power, influence, or potential wealth, and will not allow a competitor to take what they believe to be theirs.

This ugly situation is now often made worse by technology and social media. Rumors can be spread, lies told, and reputations destroyed – and all can be accomplished with almost complete anonymity.

At its extreme, we can see bullying in the modern age as a gladiatorial sport for voyeurs. A victim is thrown to the wolves, while an aggressor sits upon their throne, and spectators scream for blood – following their leader blindly and embracing a pack mentality. But these wolves do not hunt for survival; they hunt for sport and recreation, or simply because another asked them to. All too often, they hide their attacks behind a belief that it is their right to question, and then judge and condemn the life choices of another.

If aggression is motivated by rivalry, the aggressors may declare that their rival has copied or stolen their ideas …ideas that have often been expressed in one form or another countless times before, all over the world, by people who have never met and never will meet. Now, because technology has made the world smaller, and social networks have created connections across the globe, complete strangers can be attacked, simply because someone who knows someone who works in a similar way, or has a similar business, saw that similarity and brought it to the attention of someone who then allowed their own ego or fears to have them believing the worst.

Whatever its motivation, lives have been ended because one or more have decided to target another with vicious cruelty.

The Five of Fire, therefore, represents a choice to walk one of two paths – to embrace or even condone this behavior, or to end it.

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Featured Card of the Day – 3 of Water – Dreams of Gaia by Ravynne Phelan

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Keywords

Satisfaction, Pleasure, Joy, Hopefulness, Anticipation, Attachment, Expectation, Disappointment

Key Phrases

– Celebrate your victories
– Take satisfaction from your endeavors
– Look to the future with anticipation
– Your success will continue
– A rewarding outcome
– An exciting future
– Free yourself of unrealistic expectations
– Allow the outcome to manifest freely

Card Meaning

The Three of Water represents satisfaction, and indicates that you have come to a time to rejoice in life and your success. She stands tall and confident, with arms raised in victorious celebration. She has invested greatly in her creative endeavors, and is well satisfied with her progress and accomplishments so far. She is positive and hopeful that her success will continue, and so she turns to greet the future with anticipation and excitement.

This card is a positive affirmation, and symbolizes the joyous potential for a rewarding outcome. It also signifies the importance of taking time to appreciate, celebrate, and enjoy yourself along the way. Look back and be proud of what you have accomplished, do a little victory dance, before turning once more to the future with a heart full of hope and a smile upon your lips.

It is important to allow yourself these moments of joy and celebration and to remember them.

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Featured Card of the Day – Desire – Dreams of Gaia by Ravynne Phelan

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Keywords

Desires, Wants, Dreams, Ambition, Goals, Price, Gestation, Manifestation, Consequences, Selfishness

Key Phrases

– What do you desire most?
– How much do you want it?
– Desire compels action
– Make another attempt
– Great expectations. Great disappointment
– Ground your desires in reality
– What you desire will have a price
– Wishful thinking
– Has your desire waned or changed?
– Let your conscience be your guide
– To desire something at the expense of another
– Selfish desires mirror a lack within

Card Meaning

To desire – to wish or long for something. To lust or crave is to desire. In simple terms, desire means to want something. Desire is the fourth influence on choice, and when it appears in your reading it asks that you explore your desires and ask what it is that you want – and how much you want it.

What are you willing to do in order to achieve your desires?

Is desire the root of all suffering? Many religious texts state that desire is something that corrupts humanity and blinds us to our true purpose. However, desire is the state of mind that compels you to act and do whatever you feel is necessary in order to fulfill that desire, because you know that you will feel pleasure or be rewarded for fulfilling that desire.

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Featured Card of the Day – Queen of Water – Dreams of Gaia by Ravynne Phelan

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Keywords

Loving, Compassionate, Empathetic, Sensitive, Vulnerable, Romantic, Intuitive, Emotional Honesty

Key Phrases

– Trust your feelings and senses
– Look beyond the surface
– A bright and positive outcome
– To show vulnerability is to show strength
– Are you overextending emotionally?
– Be the embodiment of love
– Withdrawing love as punishment
– Use your common sense

Card Meaning

The Queen of Water symbolizes a gentle, empathetic soul, who possesses a keen sense of intuition. She is loving, compassionate, and always kind. She knows when something is wrong, when a friend is hurting and in need of comfort or counsel. She is naturally in tune with her emotions, and the emotions of those around her. It is this natural connection and gentleness that draws people to her.

She is empathetic, and would never consider being deliberately cruel or unkind. She is generous and giving of herself to a fault. Only by having, and maintaining, healthy boundaries does this watery queen protect herself from becoming drained.

Her ability to intuitively ‘see’ and ‘know’ is her greatest strength. She looks beyond the surface to what lies within the subconscious, seeing the emotions of old that influence the present. She can sense the mood of a moment or the undercurrents that flow through a room full of people, and, because she can read other’s emotions with ease, she can often distinguish truth from falsehood.

This kbnowledge empowers. With it, the ever-romantic Queen of Water can often offer the perfect solution, particularly in matters of the heart. She believes in the power of love, but is also wise, and knows that relationships need to be nurtured and maintained, that emotional honesty is a key, as is a willingness to share our feelings.

When we share our true feelings we make ourselves vulnerable, but to be willing to do so shows both courage and strength.

Is this Queen a part of your nature? Is there someone in your life who needs or would benefit from your help and loving support?

Or is it you who needs to seek out a like energy in your life, for healing, or guidance?

When the Queen of Water appears in your cards she signifies a very affirming and positive energy, for she is the epitome of love in all of its forms. Take heart, and know that bright days are ahead.

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Featured Card of the Day – The Youth – Dreams of Gaia by Ravynne Phelan

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Keywords

Adventure, New Horizons, Excitement, Independence, Freedom, Rebellion, Impulsiveness, Loyalty, Compromise

Key Phrases

– Quest for adventure
– Live in the moment
– Action without thought
– Defying tradition and conformity
– Greater risk, greater reward
– Assert your independence
– Embrace individuality
– A new direction
– Freedom from fear and doubts
– A time of conflict and turmoil
– Communication and compromise
– Address desires

Card Meaning

Sweet-faced and beguiling, the Youth has left the security of home and hearth without a backward glance. He is alone, but confident in the knowledge that a loving and supportive family will be there if he has need of them.

On a quest for adventure and discovery, he seeks the excitement of the new and unknown in distant lands. Following whispers and rumor, he takes risks with little thought or care. His choice is to live in the moment. The past is left behind, while thoughts of the future rest only as far as his next journey. Every adventure gives him a greater knowledge of the world and his place in it.

Believing himself both immortal and infallible, he often acts spontaneously, using his charm and enthusiasm to win him favor and release him from strife. He rebels against sage advice to use restraint or caution. As far as the Youth is concerned, the greater the risk, the more rewarding the outcome.

The only loyalty he shows is to those companions who journey with him. Those who are loyal to the quest will have his loyalty in return, while those who seek to curb and restrict him will be met with resistance. Those who share his passions and interests are ‘right’, while those who do not are ‘wrong’. There are no shades of gray. The Youth sees all in black and white.

The Youth also seeks the freedom to find his own answers. Tradition be damned; life is too short to follow in another’s footsteps, and do things their way. The Youth will do things his way without thought for the consequences. His concern is for today. Tomorrow can take care of itself.

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