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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.

High Priestess

The archetypal card that follows the Magician (I) is the High Priestess (II). This symbol taps us into the power of the feminine principal. We see a generous use of the color blue in the image to remind us of the element of water. The deep, powerful ocean of the unconscious and the subconscious mind draws us to a place of receptivity. The vastness of both the sky above and the ocean below suggests something larger than our limited world view. We see the symbolism of the moon suggesting changing circumstances and the power to draw what we desire to us. The High Priestess suggests the influence of intuition, dreams, spirit guides, psychic impressions, and the feminine ability to simply "know something" or "sense information" without knowing exactly how one is specifically getting it.

The High Priestess Upright.

Taps us into the influence of shifting, changing circumstances and the intuitive triggers that contribute to how we view the events of our lives. Exactly what will happen and how things will specifically change is not always clear. Often it signifies the development or use of intuition, clairvoyance, and other psychic skills. We can sense that there are other influences at work around us and influencing our lives that may not make logical sense. The High Priestess brings an increase in valuing personal ethics and a philosophical approach to the circumstances that are unfolding. There may be elements that are not completely clear, but the probability is that the influences are likely to be beneficial or positive aspects that contribute to our growth. Dream activity, psychic impressions and the ability to sense truth without needing to over use logic are effecting the present. The seeker may become privy to visions of probable future experiences. The High Priestess brings us an ability to tap into elements of the "Otherworld."

The High Priestess Reversed.

When the High Priestess falls reversed there may be uncomfortable influences that cannot be seen with clarity. Often the feeling that something is amiss is part of this intuitive knowledge. There may be a battle of personal ethics. The seeker may be putting up with circumstances that are not in alignment with ones personal morals or ethics. Closing one's eyes to influences around us of cheating, lying, irascibility, or any form of major or minor dishonesty leaves the seeker with a feeling of disharmony. There are things that are out of balance and the seeker's intuition is telling them that something doesn't feeling quite right. Sometimes this may refer to the seeker's own abandonment of what they believe to be right and true. There is something out of alignment internally and often externally and the seeker may simply not be able to see clearly or is choosing to ignore negative signals. One's ideals and hopes may not be meshing with actual reality. The seeker may be caught up in delusions or hanging onto wishful thinking. There may be a need to take off the "rose colored glasses." An imbalance of feminine energy is indicated here.

Jim Ventura 11-2011

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