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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 Archetypal card that follows the High Priestess (2) is the Empress. Again we see the use of the feminine principal, but in another form. Whereas the High Priestess taps us into the seeds behind events, the Empress represents growth, fertility, abundance, and beauty in a tangible way. We now see both expansion and celebration manifest in the physical. The ability to give love and to see actual results from feminine power are attributes of the Empress archetype. The number three relates to expansion and we often see growth in things like relationships, marriages, giving birth, and any positive results that may grow from a belief and focus on abundance.

The Empress Upright.

The positive growth and expansion of any endeavor, or labor of love are all represented by the Empress in its upright position. The feminine ability to charm through art, beauty, creativity, and attraction are keys to the power of this archetype. We often see fertility in the most tangible way. The mother principle of unconditional love are elements of the Empress energy. Nurturing, caring, joy, and happiness connected with any area of life that we feel passionate about brings noticeable results. Projects bloom from a focus of enthusiasm and loving care. We often see relationships expanding or growing. This card often signals a time of abundance, prosperity, financial success, and personal or familial happiness. The Empress is a representation of the element in all living things that taps into the Venus principal. Forward movement in family matters, romantic involvements, or any creative pursuit now bears fruit.

The Empress Reversed.

When the Empress archetype falls reversed we see blocks to abundance. Either external influences that inhibit growth or internal ones where fear or inability to accept abundance create blockades. The seeker may feel unworthy or closed down to the balanced process of giving and receiving. We see infertility or problems in family or relationships matters. Often projects and things that once brought us joy feel stagnant or stuck. Ideals and hopes may not manifest as we would like them to. A need to look at whether the blocks are coming from within us or are a result of relationships or endeavors where bad seeds and soil are part of the equation are necessary to move forward. Sometimes the internal or external sabotage is purposeful. We may not be meant to pursue this course at this time. Relationships that were once joyful may have fulfilled their purpose. In other cases, the seeker may need to learn to be more open to receiving love. The challenge may be to let go of anger, fear, or false negative beliefs that create blocks to happiness and abundance.

Jim Ventura 12-2011

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