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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 synchronicity 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 Chariot

The Archetypal symbol of the Chariot is the number seven. In Numerology the number seven relates to the mind, analysis, clarification, resolution, perfection, and the unfolding and development of the soul. The imagery in the card shows a predominance of the color yellow. Yellow is associated with the mind as well as the third Chakra (energy center in the body that relates to our solar plexus) and our ability to manifest. In the Chariot archetype we see the combining of both the conscious mind and the subconscious working together to achieve something greater. The black and white animals pictured suggest both positive and negative influences working together to balance each other. The man portrays a calm look and an ability to master all forces of his animal nature. The Chariot itself suggests a vehicle that is used to achieve his goals. He has found the right approach to overcoming and mastering any obstruction to achieving his objectives.

The Chariot upright.

The Chariot in its upright position represents our ability to master and achieve results when the mind works with intuition and our emotional body in harmony. By finding the right balance of emotional desire, intelligence and physical application we can achieve results. The chariot suggests the overcoming of negative habits, thought patterns, and both tangible and mental obstacles that may have previously blocked success. The seeker has found the right mode of expression, knowledge, or "vehicle" to achieve mastery within him or herself and in the outer world. The Chariot trump brings us to a place of internal clarity. When we have centered ourselves and achieved balance internally we can achieve what we have set out to accomplish. The darker elements of ourselves have been conquered and we have found our "vehicle." The ability to steer a clear course now brings us to a place of triumph. We now have the mental fortitude to not allow self sabotage and other negative forces to block us from achieving our goals. We know what we have to do and we are now equipped to successfully follow the path. Mastery is achieved through mental focus. When we link inner wisdom with virtue we create the prospect of achievement in any endeavor we are committed to.

The Chariot reversed.

The Chariot reversed suggests that we have lost our equilibrium. We may be scattering our talents into too many different directions at once. Our energy may be unfocused or we find ourselves doing the very things that block achievement. We may allow negative thoughts, fears, or even physical dependencies to obstruct our ability to stay balanced. We may be allowing emotional trauma from our past to influence our present. The Chariot reversed suggests too much analysis, or emotional confusion. Self sabotage blocks our ability to master our goals. The Chariot reversed can show carelessness, recklessness, and a lack of steady focus. We can be our own "worst enemy." We may be using the wrong "vehicle" to achieve our goals. We can find ourselves veering off course. Inner and possibly outer forces block us from achieving mastery. A need for self control and refocusing is required to get "back on track."

Jim Ventura 8-2011

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