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Jim Ventura's Creative Spirituality

Jim Ventura is an author, radio show host, and navigational consultant who has knowledge and practical expertise in working with a number of different types of Oracles (Tarot, Runes, Angel cards, Astrology, Numerology, etc...). He helps his clients and readers to see how the use of oracles can assist us in tuning into the messages from the Universe/Higher Self. Oracles are not only an excellent way to gain insight, but their use may also sharpen our intuitive abilities. Oracles infuse artistry and universal archetypal patterns together to trigger an awakening of the beneficial directional forces that exist both inside and outside of ourselves. Jim is the author of a monthly column called Snake Oil and is available (by appointment) for personal navigational consultations. More information about Jim's services can be found at his website: http://JimVentura.com.

Working with oracles can remind us of the amazing syncronicity that exists in this world. Whether you believe that a card or symbol chosen "randomly" is specifically meant for you or if its wisdom could apply to anyone at some level, we still can benefit by tuning into the wisdom of many different types of oracles. Each month I will discuss the message of a different oracle. Consider contemplating how this months symbol might apply to your life. See if tuning into this archetype through meditation can help you understand how both the positive and "negative" aspects of this month's oracle may apply to your past, present, or future.

The Tarot

For many people, the Tarot is seen as a tool that psychics and fortune tellers use to read peoples fortunes. Some people with more cynical and skeptical perspectives often see it as a "scam" device to take peoples money. Yet, any serious study of the Tarot will bring one to an increased awareness of how much insight this Oracle can truly give us. There are 22 major Arcana cards and 56 minor Arcana cards in a Tarot deck. The Major Arcana illustrate the universal archetypes we all experience at different points in our lives. The minor Arcana focus more on specific details of day to day life. The artwork of the Tarot can help us to see and understand the symbolism of what these archetypes tell us. Whether a card is upright or reversed also adds another aspect to consider.

The Magician

The card that follows the Fool (0) is the Magician (1). This archetype connects us directly with the creative principle. The number One suggests new beginnings, fresh starts, and the ability to put ideas into form. Whereas the Fool showed the initial excitement and desire for risk, the Magician illustrates our innate ability to direct our creative ideas and our will together toward achieving tangible results. What we imagine "could be" is now being directed toward a specific goal.

The Magician Upright.

The Magician in its upright position represents concentrated effort toward achieving a specific goal. We see confidence combined with the creative spark that now propels us to begin the process of manifestation. Whether we are working on an individual project or working with others this is the "directors card." Thoughtful and detailed planning combined with experimentation to find what works and what doesn't work are a formula for potential success. We see the use of talent and skillful means involved in our new creative project. The Magician archetype puts us in touch with our ability to manifest thoughts and ideas into tangible reality. Thought and imagination are now being directed outward. The Magician reprints the artist in all of us who enjoys bringing a creative internal image into physical form.

The Magician Reversed.

When the Magician falls revered we are somehow out of balance with our creative energy. We may find ourselves disorganized or lack the ability to follow through on our ideas. Procrastination and poor planning may block us from achieving a goal. Sometimes we may even find ourselves trying to force things or getting caught in the trap of impatience (fear of being victimized by time) and going against the flow. Unethical means or a lack of healthy mutability may disrupt or block the completion of a project. The wrong people, ingredients, or tools may be blocking the potential success of our endeavor. These negative aspects can be beneficial for us if we learn and adjust because of the mistake. The Magician reversed reminds us to find a way be in harmony with all aspects of our plans. If something just will not work, it may be that it is mistimed or simply not the right road to be on.

Jim Ventura 8-2011

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