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Blue Lace Agate

A translucent, banded quartz, Chalcedony of wavy white and light blue bands. Continue reading “June Crystal of the Month – Blue Lace Agate”

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“Real magic is not about gaining power over others: it is about gaining power over yourself.”

~ Rosemary Guiley

Two Minute Tarot: Asking Your Deck Questions

Q: How does the tarot deck know what I want?

A:  Having a question is the best way to do tarot. It can be something as simple as: What should I look for today? Should I take the job offer? What do I need to know? You can ask as abstract or as focused of a question as you desire. Just keep in mind that sometimes the question you ask, is not always the one that is answered. You may have a question lingering in your subconscious that needs the answer more than whatever you asked. Sometimes the cards actually know more than you realize.

Continue reading “Two Minute Tarot: Asking Your Deck Questions”

Changes in White Oak Grove Board of Directors

During the 2020 annual meeting of White Oak Grove CUUPS our Board of Directors saw its first significant change in the executive leadership since the group’s inception as Betsy retired from her service as President.  Continue reading “Changes in White Oak Grove Board of Directors”

Emerald is Green Beryl.

The stone of successful love.

Emeralds open the heart chakra  to receive love in all aspects of life.  Let go of negativity and create positive outcomes. Emeralds help us to find strength.  A favorite gem since ancient days in Egypt, it was also sacred to the Aztec and Inca.  Emeralds are associated with detoxing the body.

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Magic is not a practice. It is a living, breathing web of energy that, with our permission, can encase our every action.

~ Dorothy Morrison

Two Minute Tarot: Shuffling the Cards

Q: Is there a special way I should be shuffling my tarot cards?

A: When doing any tarot reading, it is helpful to clear your mind to the best of your ability. If you know it is a difficult thing for you to do, you may want to take a few preparatory deep cleansing breaths first. While shuffling the cards, I prefer to ask for assistance and guidance (use your  spirit of choice) to offer the reading that is requested and needed.  I personally tend to favor the number 3 and will shuffle 3 times, cut the deck into 3 portions, and shuffle 3 more times. How you shuffle and/or cut your deck is completely up to you. There is no WRONG or RIGHT way to do it! Through trial and error you will know what works for you and when the cards are ready for you to read them.

This Two Minute Tarot was originally presented by April Kane for White Oak Grove CUUPS August 4, 2019.  ©2019 April Kane

Dark green with red hematite inclusions.

Bloodstone is used to ground out negative energy and remove blockages.  It can increase strength and energy to combat fatigue.  Bloodstone enhances the functions of the mind and boosts creativity.

Called Heliotrope by  the ancient Greeks, this stone was thought to reflect the setting sun dropping into the ocean.  This connects it to the Greek God Helios.

Pliny the Elder called it a stone of invisibility.

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“I’m doing fine. On my festival days they still feast on eggs and rabbits, on candy and on flesh, to represent rebirth and copulation. They wear flowers in their bonnets and they give each other flowers. They do it in my name. More and more of them every year. In my name, old wolf.”

~ Easter, Neil Gaiman, American Gods

COVID-19 Pandemic Precautions

Out of an abundance of caution for the health and well being of our members and friends, all in person meetings and events for White Oak Grove CUUPS have been canceled through the end of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  See our facebook group for upcoming online events.

Stay safe, stay strong, stay home. 

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Two Minute Tarot: Misconceptions of Cards

Q:  What are card rumors and misconceptions I should avoid?

A: Don’t fall into the trap of accessing popular modern dogma to your tarot readings.  Just because they used a specific card attribute in a movie doesn’t mean that they got it right.

Upright vs Reversed: Generally is what it is… for example if the upright card means you should jump into this new venture with both feet, the revered may mean don’t count your ducks before they have hatched. Not all tarot card readers read reversed cards differently.

Death means someone will die!!!! No, no that is not what that card means… Yes, it does mean the end of something, but mortal death is rarely what it is alluding to. Upright can be there is a clear ending to a situation while reversed tends to mean that you are at a crossroads and need to make a decision.

The Lovers- bow-chicha-bow-wow! No, stop that… The Lovers appearing for you does not mean a new partner, blah blah blah. What it most likely means is that there is some sort of duality and the cooperation is needed to help.

Oh crap it’s The Devil!!! Yes, there is cause for alarm with this card, no you are not going to Hell. Well, even if you are, I’m not qualified to judge you. Upright this card may mean frustration with a situation. You have the means to free yourself if you are willing to do the work. Reversed can mean you need to look more internally than externally to figure out what is boxing you in.

 

This Two Minute Tarot was originally presented by April Kane for White Oak Grove CUUPS August 4, 2019.  ©2019 April Kane

Aquamarine is Blue Beryl, a stone with flowing, soothing, and compassionate energy.  It’s name means “water of the sea” in latin.

Boost courage and ease communication skills.  Release anger and make positive changes in your life by using aquamarine.  Embrace change and reduce tension, ease grief.

Place aquamarine beneath your pillow to aid with sleep.

Use in deep meditation to connect with spirit guides.

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“Love and compassion are not tender but rather invincible powers of our being that channel tremendous cosmic waves. They do not need a secure environment to be revealed; they can be expressed proudly and openly even in the most strident and noisy marketplace and in the face of strong opposing forces.”

~ Shai Tubali, Unlocking the 7 Secret Powers of the Heart: A Practical Guide to Living in Trust and Love

Two Minute Tarot: Conceptions Of Cards

Q:  How do I know what the cards are trying to say.  Is there a guide I can use to know what they mean in general until I am more comfortable with them?

A:  There are general concepts that equate to specific cards. Most importantly though, listen to your intuition and look for patterns in your readings.  If you get drawn specific cards repeatedly when asking the same sort of questions, you may have your own associations that differ from these.

Ace cards tend to key into timing:

  • Wands: Autumn
  • Cups: Summer
  • Swords: Winter
  • Pentacles:Spring

 

Minor Numbers:

  • One: Beginnings
  • Two: Duality
  • Three: Self expression/ Communication
  • Four: Clarity, elements/directions/seasons
  • Five: instability, change
  • Six: Service, compassion
  • Seven: solitude, soul searching
  • Eight: abundance, influence
  • Nine: Wisdom through experience
  • Ten: Ending and Beginning

 

This Two Minute Tarot was originally presented by April Kane for White Oak Grove CUUPS August 4, 2019.  ©2019 April Kane

A form of quartz, amethyst is a bringer of intense spiritual growth.  Strong healer of addiction. Quiet the negative mind, and clear negative energy.  Connect with spirit.

A stone associated with the Greek God Dionysus, it was said that amethyst got it’s color from tears and wine spilled out of Dionysus’ cup.  Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that you would not get drunk if drinking from a goblet made of Amethyst.

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