Say Thank you to the Cow for the Steak on your PlateWritten by Robina Hearle
Have you ever said thank-you to cow that provided you with steak for your dinner! I expect you think idea preposterous. If you were to say thank-you: to cow for its meat, milk, butter and cheese, to vegetables for their sacrifice of life so that you can live, to air, water and fire and earth for their contributions to your life – then you may have to start thinking a bit harder about yourself and your connection to earth. Saying ‘Thank-you’. We are all taught this as children, why? Just think how it feels when someone does say ‘thank-you’ for something you have done. It makes you feel good and then you are open to doing something else for that person. That person, by saying ‘thank-you’, is honouring you and what you have done, thus paving way for more abundance. Once you actually live attitude of gratitude, it’s amazing what comes your way. So what have you done by saying ‘thank-you’? You have raised vibrational frequency of deed you did; steak and vegetables or fruit you have eaten or glass of water you drank, to a spiritual one. You are working on a higher level of connection to all that is. Further, by saying ‘thank-you to cow for steak’ we can connect with its energy—that’s a scary thought - who wants to connect with a cow? Well, my friends, it is a fact that we are connected to everything. We are not separate from other consciousnesses on planet or from consciousness of planet herself. We in West, technological, greedy, corrupt, consumed with self, have lost our way. The Aborigines and Native American Indians (before white man destroyed their cultures) as well as other indigenous tribes, all have this close connection to earth. They have not raped and pillaged earth; they have nurtured and cared for it as much as they can. They say thank-you to animal they have killed, thereby honouring it, also they do not take more than they need. They know that, in their gratitude they create further abundance.
Tarot Decks Come in Three FlavorsWritten by Joey Robichaux
Interested in learning how to read Tarot cards? If so, one of your first decisions will be "What style of deck should I use".
Although there are now hundreds of brands of Tarot decks, most fall into one of three general styles -- Marseilles, Rider-Waite-Smith (also called Rider-Waite, or just RWS), and Thoth.
There are 78 cards in a Tarot deck -- 13 cards in each of four different suits, plus an extra 22 cards called "Trump" cards. These 22 trump cards are known as Major Arcana, remaining 56 cards are called Minor Arcana. It's treatement of Major and Minor Arcana that determines which general style your deck follows.
The first style -- Marseilles -- follows traditional, old-school style found in early Tarot decks. The artwork on Major Arcana tends to be simple and limited to only a few colors. The Minor Arcana looks much like ordinary playing cards -- there are four face cards (King, Queen, Knight, Page) and 10 "pip" cards (Ace through Ten). Again, artwork on face cards tends to be simple. The pip cards don't have artwork other than a "pip" count. For instance, a Five of Swords will have five swords depicted on card.
The Marseilles style looks so much like playing cards because Tarot decks were originally used to play a card game! It wasn't until later that mystics began to use these decks for divinatory purposes.
The second style of deck -- RWS (After Rider, publisher, Waite, designer, and Smith, artist) -- was published in early 1900's. It was designed from very beginning for magickal use.