Udderly Zen: Monthly Intuitive Reading for May 2017

What does a zen cow say? Mu

What does a zen cow say? Mu

Hola my moo-tiful people! I hope that the previous month have treated you udderly well 🐮

My dear pet cow Betsy decided that she wanted something more colourful to reflect on the mood for May. For this month, I will be using the Sacred India Tarot by Yogi Impressions and Persona Femina Oracle (you can purchase our deck here). Looking at the cards below, there's a sense of pushing at the final lap before we reap in on the rewards. 

Let us moo-ve into the reading! 

For the beginning of the month, we have the Four of Discs (Pentacles). If there's one word that describes this particular card, it's complacency.  It's so easy to go in auto pilot mode. However, you can't stay in that zone for the rest of your life. Be mindful of your surrounding situations that calls for your attention. For the astrology part - Vesta will be in Leo on 5/2, which is a great time to dust off your neglected projects and get creative. And the moment we've been all been waiting for - Mercury goes direct on 5/3. Time to bust out the champagne! You've survived this retrograde like a boss.   

For the middle of the month, we have the Ten of Staves (Wands). You might be biting off more than what you can chew during this portion. For the astrology part - Juno will Rx under Capricorn on 5/9, which is a time where you need to double check your commitments. Emotional games are not needed and you'll need to think twice before sealing the deal. Full Moon in Scorpio (5/10) is a good time to illuminate the truth and get in touch with your intimate thoughts. Mercury moves into Taurus on 5/16, which is a great time to take it steady in terms of verbal communication. Don't be afraid to ask for help. The wisest of all folks knew where to turn for advice, instead of keeping things to oneself.

At the end of the month, we have The Sun. It's definitely an appropriate ending for the month of May, considering the trials we went through. Through suffering comes with blessings. This card does not shy away on the possibility that life will be better. Sun enters Gemini on 5/20 and the New Moon in Gemini is on 5/25, so make the most of the day taking the time to hone in on your communication and collaborative skills. 

Lessons From The Oracle

"Daydreaming", "Looking for Answers" and "Bubbles of Joy" resonates with the overall vibe for the month of May.  The feeling that I get is on the esoteric level. We're seeing things beyond the scope of range here in our limited views; thinking higher and questioning the statehood of our existence.  There's no black and white solution, only patches of gray.  The cards reassures you that thinking outside of the box is acceptable when finding a solution.  The results from your findings? Pure bliss. 

I hope you enjoyed my monthly reading! What do you anticipate for the month of May to provide? Let me know in the comments 😃
 

Blessings,
Diana

New Moon in Taurus: Tarot Spell for Wisdom

If there's one thing I love about books, it's the fact that you're able to learn something new.  Whether if you're in an academic setting or need a boost in your project endeavours, this tarot spell will help fine tune your learning ability.  The tarot card association for Taurus is The Hierophant. Mugwort will also help provide some clarity and lucid dreaming for new ideas and insight. 

You Will Need:

  • The Hierophant card (deck of your choice)
  • Stack of study books
  • Moonstone, sodalite or amethyst
  • Mugwort tea
  • Piece of paper and pen/pencil

Directions:

  • Find a quiet area to place the items where it won't be disturbed.
  • Place the stack of books in front of you and the crystal of your choice on top. Lay out the Hierophant card facing you. Have a piece of paper and pencil/pen next to you.
  • Brew a cup of mugwort tea. Have the cup sitting next to you while contemplating about your situation. 
  • Meditate on The Hierophant card. What do you desire in learning? Are you hoping to manifest on some new skills? Maybe you're hoping to gain some clarity on a situation with a logical approach? With a piece of paper and pen/pencil, write out what are you hoping to accomplish in terms of your discovery. For example, "Learn how to program in a different language", "Learn how to speak Chinese", or "Learn how to negotiate with people in business settings".
  • Once you write out your intentions, bring the cup forth to your lips and recite the following:

    I drink from the knowledge
    That has been given to me
    Under the New Moon in Taurus
    I find the answers that I seek
    May The Hierophant
    Grant me this power
    So long as I live
    I shall prosper
    With no harm intended, so mote it be
    This spell is now complete

     
  • Drink the mugwort tea. Let the items stay in its space. Once the moon moves to the next zodiac, you may place them away. Be sure to give thanks to your spirit guides.

I hope you enjoyed this spell! Let me know what you think in the comments. 

Blessings,
Diana

Full Moon in Libra: Tarot Spell For Strengthening Relationships

 

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Libras are known to be social and diplomatic folks. They know what it's like to develop great relationships and partnerships within their circle. The zodiac tarot card reference for Libra is Justice. If you've been struggling to maintain relationships (whether plutonic or romantic), check out my spell below.

You Will Need:

  • Justice card (deck of your choice)
  • Pink or red roses
  • Bay leaf
  • Fire proof bowl or caludron
  • Pencil or Pen
  • Pictures representing your family or friends
  • Two pink candles
  • Two rose quartz crystals

Directions:

  • Gather your items in a safe area so that it won't be disturbed.
  • Place the pink candles and rose quartz crystals on opposite ends and have the pictures in the middle. Below the picture(s), place the Justice card. Place the roses on opposite ends. 
  • As you light up the candles, recite the following:

    To each of my heart's desire
    I invoke my will in the fire

     
  • Pull a bay leaf and a pencil. Meditate on the imagery of the Justice card. What are some of the things you wish to improve on your relationships with others? It doesn't have to be romantic; it can be friendships or acquaintances. Have you been feeling out of balance when talking to others? Once you feel relaxed, write one word on the bay leaf that you wish to see the outcome with your relationships. For example, you can write "Happiness" or "Peace".  
  • Pass the bay leaf on both candles, making sure that it catches the flame. Place it on the fire proof bowl and recite the following:

    Under the Full Moon in Libra
    I seek strength in my relationships
    Whether near or far
    I attract great partnerships
    May the blessings from the moon
    Honor my good intentions
    For the good of it all
    I ask for balance
    As I will it, so mote it be
    This spell is now complete

     
  • Let the candles and the bay leaf burn into completion. Be sure to thank your spirit guides for their assistance.

Let me know what you think in the comments!

Blessings,
Diana

 

Tarot Astrology Scopes for April 2017

Hola everyone! I've compiled up a short and sweet list containing the tarot astrology scopes. I am using the Mystical Cats Tarot Deck (pictured below).  The scopes below can be applied to the Sun, Moon and Rising signs. Enjoy!

Aries: Four of Sea

You might be feeling that you lost your mojo. Perhaps you were seduced by an entertaining project or relationship and it went sour before your eyes. You can maintain the status quo by giving yourself that time for self reflection.

Taurus: Fire King

You have what it takes to be an extraordinary leader. You possess a magnetic charm that can smooth over the roughest of the bunch. Though a streak of stubborness may come up to the surface, there's nothing like relaxing over dinner after celebrating your accomplishments.

Gemini: Three of Sea

It's a perfect time to get together with friends and family. You're in the mood to have fun, so why not switch things a bit? All work and no play makes one a dull person.

Cancer: Ace of Fire

The start of a new creative venture is on the horizon.  You're willing to put something out there without hesitation. Be sure to have a plan of action before diving in.

Leo: Five of Sea (reversed)

You have gotten pass the point of procrastination and are willing to grab life by the horns.  Pay attention to the opportunities being presented to you. Now is the time to unleash your full potential.

Virgo:  Eight of Sea

It's time to let go and move on. No need to keep beating on a dead fish. There are much more opportunities to be presented than being part of a stagnant situation.

Libra: Good Kitty

Your social interactions have a karmic effect on others. Be mindful on what you say and do. Good intentions are rewarded.

Scorpio: Seven of Sea (reversed)

Trust your instincts. The bubbles of illusion have been popped in front of you. You are able to make clear and decisive decisions now that the truth has unfolded.

Sagittarius: Ace of Earth (reversed)

You may have felt some regret on a missed opportunity. Perhaps there's a sense of bruised confidence that prevented from taking the next step. Try to find the root of the cause before it spirials out of control. 

Capricorn: Six of Fire (reversed)

It's tempting to let the position of power go to your head. Respect that was given to you may be easily withdrawn. Others may feel envious of your accomplishments, so do your best to provide integrity.

Aquarius: The Emperor

Provide support to those who are in need. Your innovative ideas can surge the way to build a better foundation. A good time to set up firm boundaries. 

Pisces: Two of Earth (reversed)

Your resources may have been lost due to not being taken seriously. Try to find the root of the cause and bring balance back in order. Give special attention to the projects that you worked hard on.

Udderly Zen: Monthly Intuitive Reading for April 2017

What does a zen cow say? Mu

What does a zen cow say? Mu

Hola! For those who have followed me on Modern Witchy Woman, you probably remembered that I would post up my weekly readings. I wanted to start off fresh here on Red Lotus Designz by introducing my Udderly Zen Monthly Intuitive Readings. It'll be a combination of tarot and oracle decks with a dose of cow humour. Why? Because Betsy wanted to provide the readings.

My Pillow Pet Cow, Betsy holding an old drawing of The Magician card. She was the inspiration behind my new logo design.

My Pillow Pet Cow, Betsy holding an old drawing of The Magician card. She was the inspiration behind my new logo design.

Yes, I'm still writing the readings. I'm just having my pet cow picking the cards for me. She is my familiar, after all...🐮

The month of April is going to be one heck of a doozy ride. Looking at the astrology calender, we have about four planets going into retrograde. Shocking, isn't it? As if paying our own bills isn't enough headaches already 😱 

Never fear - we'll take a look as to what the month will offer. Here are the cards that were pulled below. Since this is a general reading, you're more than welcome to share this post. I no longer offer private readings, but you can always donate to our website if you like to see more of these posts in the future.

Let us moo-ve into the reading! 

Top: Golden Universal Tarot by Lo Scarabeo Bottom: NYC Vintage Subway Wanderlust Oracle by Red Lotus Designz

Top: Golden Universal Tarot by Lo Scarabeo Bottom: NYC Vintage Subway Wanderlust Oracle by Red Lotus Designz

I was quite surprised when Betsy pulled out the three tarot cards for the month. To me, it's a rare instance when all of the cards are from the same suite.  Considering the general flow of four planets retrograding (including the notorious MERCURY), our logic and way of communication will be tested in all fronts.  The beginning portion of the month is represented by the Page of Swords. We see him as the brash kid who thinks he can put up a fight and holds a big sword. Honey, staring at the sword for this long won't make your ego any bigger. That's like saying you'll be an instant genius if you're sleeping next to a bag of text books. And I should know because that didn't work for me when I was in college 💁 

Let us examine the 3-in-1 punch when Venus Rx into Pisces (4/2), Saturn Rx into Sagittarius (4/6) and Mercury Rx in Taurus (4/9).  In a nutshell, we're being forced to slow down. Think of the cow tending to the pastures. Even though the Page of Swords wants to go forward and make rash decisions, the planets say otherwise.  For starters, Venus Rx in Pisces will be the focus on reexaming our relationships. You may be feeling a lot more sensitive during this portion.  And maybe a bit risky if someone were to ruin your day (i.e. plotting revenge). The Page of Swords is often associated with rash decision making. We can go above and beyond for the person we love.  However, with the planet in retrograding under Pisces, it's a time where we need to separate the fact from the fiction on who and what we dedicate our time. Not everything should be on the high priority list. Better yet - put yourself on the "to-do" list of self care. After the glass of milk is full, then you can go back to your normal schedule.

Saturn Rx in Sagittarius is reinforcing the idea on the mantra "Practice what you preach."  Saturn tends to be the task master and easily adopts to the "All work and no play" lifestyle. When you throw Sagittarius into the mix, it's more on the philosophical sense - "What do I achieve during the influx of work and not fulfilling my need to play?" And let us not forget the infamous Mercury Rx in Taurus.  With the Page of Swords wanting to be in a rush for every little thing, think of Mercury Rx in Taurus as that one cow who refuses to tip over. Really, leave the cow alone. As with every Mercury Rx - back up your files, take the time to review your contracts, don't make any huge commitments or start projects. What you can do is use the opportunity in triple-checking your setup. Under this zodiac placement, you'll have no choice but to do things at a slllooooowwwwwwwwwww pace. So you can tell the Page of Swords to sit at the bleachers and have a drink or two. Also, go grab some wine. You're gonna need it after that 3-in-1 punch.

The middle portion of the month is represented by the 9 of Swords. Oh for moo's sake, we get the picture. Anxiety, stress, panic...not having enough rest due to a tiny terrorist of a toddler (thanks, motherhood).  But enough about me - how are YOU feeling 😅? The 9 of Swords is often associated with nightmare plagues and keeping us up late at night. In terms of the astrology placements - we have the Full Moon in Libra (4/11), Venus stationing direct in Pisces (4/15), Sun entering Taurus (4/19), Pluto Rx in Capricorn and Mercury Rx in Aries (4/20).  

When pairing up the 9 of Swords to the Full Moon in Libra, it may sound like a social anxiety attack waiting to happen. No need to stress amiga. This is actually a good opportunity to find a support group if you've been experiencing some rough moments. Have the courage to manifest something better for yourself. For example, I've been grateful for the community of women and men who are part of the divination industry. I love their warm and witty comments that gives me a smile across my face.  With Venus stationing direct in Pisces, it's a good time to work with some   crafts to help streamline your emotions on a better path. Coloring books are very popular, so why not grab a copy? I highly recommend Theresa Reed's (a.k.a. The Tarot Lady) Tarot Coloring book, which you can purchase on Amazon.

Now let us talk about Pluto Rx in Capricorn. In general, Pluto is an unpredicable planet that can either make or break us.  While Mercury Rx in Aries will be serving as a focal point on making sure we don't have any fiery miscommunication, Pluto Rx in Capricorn is all about going inward. We're not talking about tangible things happening on the outside world. This is when you get REALLY deep within your subconsciousness. I find this to align more on the nightmarish aspect with the 9 of Swords. The question remains - will you stay in your own nightmare or are you going to use this opportunity to dissect the BS from what's happening in your waking life?

Finally, the remaining portion of the month will be represented as the Queen of Swords. Compared to other depictions from other decks, the Queen of Swords seems pretty tame in this version. Although, that doesn't mean she won't think twice on cutting off your head.  In terms of astrology, we have Mars entering Gemini (4/21), a New Moon in Taurus (4/26) and Venus enters Aries (4/28).  The ending part of the month seems a bit better. But, we still need to be mindful on working out our differences. 

With Mars entering Gemini and pairing it up with the Queen of Swords, do expect a LOT OF SHADE coming your way (or maybe you'll be the one delivering?).  We're talking about witty comebacks, a need to prove who has the best intelligent answer and showing off a brain bravado of sorts.  The Queen of Swords is VERY sharp tongued, so if you're aren't prepared to have your feelings hurt, you may want to sidestep away from her word ammunition.  Keep in mind that if you're the one delivering the snarky remarks, don't expect everyone to be on the same page as you. Save it for those who REALLY get your remarks (and won't clash at you on social media). 

The New Moon in Taurus and the Queen of Swords seems like a pretty odd combination. Similar to the Page of Swords and Mercury entering Taurus, the cow does not want to budge. The only difference is that we're focusing more on the aesthetic perspective. As a fellow Taurus woman (and this is my birthday month), I completly understand what it's like not to be keen on change.  The New Moon in Taurus and the Queen of Swords is about testing our conformity and seeing if we're willing to make changes on the way we present ourselves to the public. This can also be a good time to revisit traditions and seeing whether or not it'll serve us well in the long run. 

Ahh...Venus entering Aries and the Queen of Swords seems like a pretty decent pair. On one hand, you have the glamazon strutting her stuff in all things beauty and passion. On the other hand, the Queen of Swords is all about keeping things as complex as possible. So why not combine the both? I think it is fair to say that the Queen of Swords can exhude a "Wonder Woman" moment when getting stuff done. It's an high octane energy that deserves to be recognised in the closing of the month. You can safely say that the ending will go off with a bang.

Lessons from the Oracle

On a lighter perspective, we have the cards "Wanderlust", "Life is Colourful" and "Escape." In my mind, the month of April serves as a great time to explore options relating to our living situations, career, and relationships.  Part of the concept in retrograding planets is all about revisiting past moments. That's not to say we're living in the past (although that can cause quite a problem if we're not moving from a sticky situation).  Feelings of trying something new, breaking out of your comfort zone and living life to the fullest are the revolving themes for this month.  April is a month where you don't want to leave things at the last minute. But it can be a good time to start planning ahead and preparing for a better future. It may feel like you're walking on egg shells, considering the four planets in retrograde. But, that doesn't mean we'll need to stay indoors and avoid heartache. Sometimes, you need to experience a bit of pain to fully understand what you really want out of in life. That is what the oracle cards are entailing - to go out there and do something fun in the midst of craziness.  Be bold for change and don't limit yourself as to what you can do. 

I hope you enjoyed this month's reading! Feel free to comment below with your thoughts for April. 

Blessings,
Diana

New Moon in Aries: Tarot Spell To Jumpstart Your Career Path

When we think of the positive aspects of Aries, we usually associate it with keywords like leadership, power, courage and a sense of fair competition. However on the flip side, we can see that Aries can be ruthless, have an uncontrollable anger and a sense of tyranny. As the new moon is a representation of going within, we can harness this energy under this zodiac placement to bring forth a change in our career. Whether if you're looking for a new job, changing your career paths or embarking in a different territory, this is the tarot spell for you.  We will be using the Tower card since this is the planetary association for Aries. 

You Will Need:

  • The Tower card (any deck of your choice)
  • Red and Orange candles
  • Cinnamon oil

Directions:

  • Find a safe area where you'll be able to place your items without any disruption. 
  • Place the Tower card in the middle, the red candle to the left and orange candle to the right. 
  • Anoint the candles with cinnamon oil and recite the following:

    The spice of life
    Is within my reach
    All that I desire
    Will not be breached

     
  • Light the candles in front of you. While they are burning, reflect on your career choices at this point. Take a look at the Tower card. Do you see yourself jumping out of your comfort zone? Are you willing to stay in the long ride until your current job closes? What are you willing to do in order to escape for a better career life? There may be harder questions to ask, but it boils down to one thing - your happiness.  Do not fear The Tower. While it may represent a magnetic and unexpected change, use it as an opportunity to demolish the old and build yourself up anew. As you reflect on your career choices, visualise the Tower turning into one big firework show.  Admire it from afar, see the colourful atmosphere taking shape. You may see images of your new career life.
  • Once you feel relaxed, recite the following:

    For what is good and what is right
    May the Tower no longer leave me in fright
    I see a spectacular show of energy
    That will engrave in my memory
    I take flight in the wings of fire
    My career choice will bring me higher
    As I will it, so mote it be
    This spell is now complete

     
  • Let the candles burn to completion. Carry the Tower card with you whenever you're in a job interview, in meetings or anything related to your career from now until the Full Moon.  Be sure to thank your spirit guides for their assistance.

I hope this helps! Let me know what you think in the comments :)

Blessings,
Diana