Posts Tagged ‘Shadow Tarot’

Mercury Retrograde and the June Special

Just a little reminder that Mercury went Retrograde on June 26, 2013 and will remain Rx until July 20th. With all the intense astrological alignments in the past year, Merc Rx seems to pale in comparison; however, those of you struggling with communications, delays, mix-ups and technological snafu’s might want to read a little refresher here.

That older post gives tips for utilizing the positive aspects of Mercury Retrograde in order to finish up old business or creative projects, release that which no longer serves and go inside yourself rather than focusing on “the new.” In light of this enhanced inner and releasing energy through July 20, I wanted to remind everyone that June’s Special ends tomorrow (the 30th) at 11:59 p.m. East Coast US time. The Shadow Work Tarot fits especially well with the energies and alignments of this particular Merc Rx. Wishing you each a transformational and freeing next few weeks!

JUNE 2013 SPECIAL

With all the public revelations happening right now, I’m getting a strong sense we need much more Shadow Work in our world, hence the focus on just one Special this month.

Shadow Work Tarot to Heal Karmic Ties
(can also be used by Healers, Counselors, Coaches and Lightworkers to discover how you can best help others to empower themselves through Shadow Work)

This one-hour phone or in-person reading features my interpretation of a special Tarot spread, combined with my ability to tune in to multiple past lives and the patterns they create. I’ve offered Shadow Work Tarot specials before, but this one can be a little different. It can be used on the personal level, but it can also be for healers, Lightworkers, counselors, or spiritual workers to find ways of helping others bring their Shadow into the Light. Different people have different gifts and skills, so this reading can highlight where best to focus your efforts as a healer in order to affect not only your own life but also the world via ripple effect. The cards never lie, and they help us to get in touch with Archetypes that structure our reality. Using the Major Arcana to understand our Shadow –including those lifetimes for which we may still be punishing ourselves or others — allows us to integrate that Shadow and ultimately release it into the Light.

You may purchase it at any time on or before June 30. 2013, but you do not need to schedule it prior to the 30th. That said, given the energies on this planet right now, my guides suggest sooner rather than later, as the more people address their Shadow side, the more active Lightworkers we have holding a positive vibration for the coming transitions. $111 for the hour. Please contact me to sign up.

June 2013 Special

JUNE 2013 SPECIAL

With all the public revelations happening right now, I’m getting a strong sense we need much more Shadow Work in our world, hence the focus on just one Special this month.

Shadow Work Tarot to Heal Karmic Ties
(can also be used by Healers, Counselors, Coaches and Lightworkers to discover how you can best help others to empower themselves through Shadow Work)

This one-hour phone or in-person reading features my interpretation of a special Tarot spread, combined with my ability to tune in to multiple past lives and the patterns they create. I’ve offered Shadow Work Tarot specials before, but this one can be a little different. It can be used on the personal level, but it can also be for healers, Lightworkers, counselors, or spiritual workers to find ways of helping others bring their Shadow into the Light. Different people have different gifts and skills, so this reading can highlight where best to focus your efforts as a healer in order to affect not only your own life but also the world via ripple effect. The cards never lie, and they help us to get in touch with Archetypes that structure our reality. Using the Major Arcana to understand our Shadow –including those lifetimes for which we may still be punishing ourselves or others — allows us to integrate that Shadow and ultimately release it into the Light.

I was told to offer this special from today, 6/10/13 through 6/30/13. You may purchase it at any time during that window, but you do not need to schedule it prior to the 30th. That said, given the energies on this planet right now, my guides suggest sooner rather than later, as the more people address their Shadow side, the more active Lightworkers we have holding a positive vibration for the coming transitions. $111 for the hour. Please contact me to sign up.

Denise Sheehan: Inanna ~ Embracing the Shadow

Today’s guest blog post comes from Denise Sheehan of Sage Spirit Blog, which she describes as “a gathering space for conscious, creative, intuitive, fun, loving earthlings and their ideas. If you’re here, you belong.” I have had the privilege and delight of knowing Denise since 2006, when she attended the very first Reiki class I taught in Reno. That group holds a special spot in my memory, because although I had been teaching Reiki Certification Classes since 2002, this was the very first one I ever taught on my own. Over the years, I’ve watched Denise step into her amazing intuitive, healing and coaching gifts. Today, she shares insights into the increasingly important Shadow aspect of ourselves: how do we heal and integrate those aspects in order to empower ourselves and heal our world?

Inanna ~ Embracing the Shadow
By Denise Sheehan

Inanna Goddess Oracle Card, Amy Sophia Marashinsky and Hrana Janto (illustrator)

Inanna Goddess Oracle Card, Amy Sophia Marashinsky and Hrana Janto (illustrator)

To enhance my already-rich tradition of tapping into guidance and support through Tarot, I recently purchased the “The Goddess Oracle” cards, by Amy Sophia Marashinsky and Hrana Janto (illustrator). Today I drew a beautiful card, pictured above, with a message I feel is important to share in times like these. I think I posted recently that we can experience more than one dark night of the soul, and so it seems that many have contacted me to share their experience of that. Perhaps The Goddess Oracle can share some light and hope for your journeys.

Inanna is known as the Sumerian Queen of Heaven. She “tricked her father, Enki, God of Wisdom, into giving her the hundred objects of culture, which she then gave to humankind.” She journeyed to see her sister in the Underworld, where she was, “stripped and killed, and left to hang on a hook for three days and three nights.” She had to name a replacement in order to be allowed to leave the Underworld, and she chose her son-lover who betrayed her during her absence.

Marashinsky tells us:

Inanna is her to tell you that a journey to the Underworld is the way to wholeness for you now. It is time to dance with your shadow, reclaim what you’ve denied, embrace your own Dark Sister/Dark Self. You need all those aspects of yourself that your parents, caregivers, teachers, society have deemed unacceptable in order to achieve wholeness in your life. Whether it be your talent, your beauty, your inner vampire, your anger, your madness, you are required to surrender to the journey and embrace your dark side. If you are already in the Underworld, the appearance of Inanna may signal that the time for your return is at hand. Journeys to the Underworld to embrace your dark side are a law unto themselves. They take as much time as they need to take – you can’t just fit them into your schedule. When it is time for you to journey, you will and you will not be done until you return. Take comfort in the fact that all journeys to the Underworld do end and that you will indeed return – much different from who you thought you were when you went. (pp. 85-6)

I’ve been teaching workshops on accessing intuition in Reno over the past few months, first partnering with Katie Packham of Copper Cat Studio and then with Alicia Greene of Pure Yoga Boutique Studio. Each one has been different, as I’ve been guided to create more or less structure and content for each one. During the last workshop, I added a component of exploring the shadow, inspired by my shamanic work around this and also by Debbie Ford’s book, The Dark Side of the Light Chasers: Reclaiming your Power, Creativity, Brilliance and Dreams. I felt thrilled at the way the workshop participants so courageously and beautifully embraced our activities on this topic!

Seeing and embracing our shadow allows us to live and breathe more deeply into our unique gifts, expressing them more fully in the world. Not only that, but once we embrace them, we no longer have to cast our shadows all over everyone else (called projection), limiting our capacity to intuit our world in empowered, masterful ways that allow for ease, grace, flow and so much love!

If you find yourself in the dark night, breathe into Marashinsky’s words once more, “Take comfort in the fact that all journeys to the Underworld do end and that you will indeed return.” I am happy to support you in your journey of discovery, coming back into light and joy, if that feels right for you.

What am I seeing in the shadows of my existence, within and in others?

How can I more deeply dance into what is in my experience, to reveal and embrace the gifts?

Who am I becoming?

May 2012 Specials

I apologize for taking awhile to release May’s Specials. Between preparing for the full Vision and “Visions” class this past Sunday, along with private sessions, personal processing, and lots of raw food prep fun, I just now had a chance to meditate on what to offer. The response came fast: “Repeat the November 2011 Specials, as we’re in a similar time period of needed surrender and shift.” Agreed! Here they are for May:

Shadow Work Tarot to Heal Karmic Ties

This one hour phone or in-person reading features my interpretation of a special tarot spread, combined with my ability to tune in to multiple past lives and the patterns they create. I’ve received such positive feedback regarding each of these services, but until last November, I had never thought to unite them in a single reading. Having received the idea, though, I immediately recognized its power. The cards never lie, and they help us to get in touch with archetypes that structure our reality. Using the Major Arcana to understand our shadow side –including those lifetimes for which we may still be punishing ourselves or others — allows us to integrate that shadow and ultimately release it into the light.

Offer valid until May 31, 2012. You may purchase it at any time during that window, but you do not need to schedule it prior to the 31st. That said, given the energies on this planet right now, my guides suggest sooner rather than later, as the more people address their shadow side, the more active Lightworkers we have holding a positive vibration for the coming transitions. $111 for the hour. Please email me for an invoice and to schedule.

$77 Spirit Guide Readings

This half hour reading may also be double booked as a single hour long discussion. We all have Spirit Guides and invisible support systems, but not everyone knows who these are. I’ve also noticed the need for discernment to make sure that whoever you’re asking for help has the Highest Good of All in mind. I sometimes find people have accepted tricksters or malevolent entities as “guides,” not unlike the way a narcissist will create “problems” just so s/he can “save” the person and create a sense of obligation. These false guides can then drain energy, cause confusion, and separate the person from their natural connection to Pure Source Energy. More often, I notice that clients feel they need to take quantum leaps of faith all alone. They might quasi-trust the Universe to support them, but they long for a more intimate relationship with real helpers.

A person’s Spirit Guides often turn out to be the main nudge for someone booking a reading with me, but until November, I had never offered a separate service just to help people identify and connect more deeply with their guides. These may include angels, devas, faeries, leprechauns, animal spirits, Ancestors, or phenomena like rainbows. You won’t learn every single guide in a half hour or hour discussion, but you will learn (or have affirmed) the ones most appropriate for your current challenges, as well as the ones who’ve taken a special interest in you throughout your lifetime(s).

This offer runs through the end of May 2012. As long as you prepay by 5/31/2012, you may schedule anytime after you’ve paid. Your guides will give you a sense of what feels right in terms of timing. Again, please email me for scheduling and an invoice.

Since I have many international clients, please do include your time zone/location and any preferred time/date windows when you query. That saves a few steps! Many Blessings, Much Love and Peace to you!

The Jung and the Restless: Synchronicity, Inner Guidance and Tarot

Regular readers of my blog know that I’m a huge fan of synchronicity and “reading” signs. With a Masters Degree in English, I’ve simply expanded my definition of “text” to include this entire living, breathing Universe. I thought I’d share some perspectives on synchronicity and how it pertains to inner guidance, seeking and finding, and divination (specifically tarot).

“Synchronistic meetings are like mirrors that reflect something of ourselves. If we want to grow spiritually, all we have to do is take a good look. Synchronicity holds the promise that if we want to change inside, the patterns of our external life will change as well.” ~Jean Shinoda Bolen

“According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness. The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don’t bother you anymore. You become light hearted and full of joy. The second symptom is that you encounter more and more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities. And this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous.” ~Deepak Chopra

“Synchronicity hints at the unified world behind the illusory veil of the material universe.” ~Roger S. Jones

“Synchronicity is choreographed by a great, pervasive intelligence that lies at the heart of nature, and is manifest in each of us through intuitive knowledge.” ~Deepak Chopra

Carl Jung defined synchronicity as “meaningful coincidence.” According to Jung, “We can predict the future when we know how the present moment has evolved out of the past.” In times of unclear guidance, some prayer, meditation and divination tools like the tarot can help to understand how your past and present are currently influencing your future. By mimicking the subconscious energy patterns of a client at any given time, tarot cards make invisible vibrations tangible. A spread can reveal operative archetypes, storylines, or make sense of complex relationships. Tarot shows synchronicity and vibrational attraction in action. This line of thinking, along with Jung’s extensive work on the Shadow, gave me the idea for one of my November 2011 specials. With November 30 rapidly approaching, I decided to relist them here, as they seem related to today’s post.


Shadow Work Tarot to Heal Karmic Ties

This one hour phone or in-person reading features my interpretation of a special tarot spread, combined with my ability to tune in to multiple past lives and the patterns they create. I’ve received such positive feedback regarding each of these services, but I had never thought to unite them in a single reading. Having received the idea, though, I immediately recognized its power. The cards never lie, and they help us to get in touch with archetypes that structure our reality. Using the Major Arcana to understand our shadow side –including those lifetimes for which we may still be punishing ourselves or others — allows us to integrate that shadow and ultimately release it into the light.

Offer valid until November 30. You may purchase it at any time during that window, but you do not need to schedule it prior to the 30th. That said, given the energies on this planet right now, my guides suggest sooner rather than later, as the more people address their shadow side, the more active Lightworkers we have holding a positive vibration for the coming transitions. $111 for the hour. Please email me for an invoice and to schedule. brunoleaf at yahoo dot com

$77 Spirit Guide Readings

This half hour reading may also be double booked as a single hour long discussion. We all have Spirit Guides and invisible support systems, but not everyone knows who these are. I’ve also noticed the need for discernment to make sure that whoever you’re asking for help has the Highest Good of All in mind. I sometimes find people have accepted tricksters or malevolent entities as “guides,” not unlike the way a narcissist will create “problems” just so s/he can “save” the person and create a sense of obligation. These false guides can then drain energy, cause confusion, and separate the person from their natural connection to Pure Source Energy. More often, I notice that clients feel they need to take quantum leaps of faith all alone. They might quasi-trust the Universe to support them, but they long for a more intimate relationship with real helpers.

A person’s Spirit Guides often turn out to be the main nudge for someone booking a reading with me, but I’ve never offered a separate service just to help people identify and connect more deeply with their guides. These may include angels, devas, faeries, leprechauns, animal spirits, Ancestors, or phenomena like rainbows. You won’t learn every single guide in a half hour or hour discussion, but you will learn (or have affirmed) the ones most appropriate for your current challenges, as well as the ones who’ve taken a special interest in you throughout your lifetime(s).

This offer runs through the end of November. As long as you prepay by 11/30/11, you may schedule anytime after you’ve paid. Your guides will give you a sense of what feels right in terms of timing. Again, please email me for scheduling and an invoice. brunoleaf at yahoo dot com.

Since I have many international clients, please do include your time zone/location and any preferred time/date windows when you query. That saves a few steps! Many Blessings, Much Love and Peace to you!

As Within, So Without: Carl Jung and Occupy

I have written on this theme before, but I thought I’d include some Carl Jung discussions of the Shadow and why it matters to our world. Awareness of this concept is a primary motivation for my November Special, Shadow Work Tarot to Heal Karmic Ties. I have found my own work so valuable that I decided to offer this process to others. Please note: I am changing the deadline for this special from November 22 to November 30th, in order to reach more people.

Exactly what kinds of personal work have I been doing? In response to the Occupy Movement and increased censorship and police brutality, I have asked, “How are these events even in my reality? What unhealed parts of me have projected this stuff onto the outer screen?” I’ve been working on my own, inner terrorist. My own, inner LBPD (Laura Bruno Police Department). In what ways do I try to censor or oppress those inner parts of me? In what ways do I pepper spray my shadow for voicing its desires? Where do I beat myself with criticism batons? In what ways do I find it acceptable to push myself so hard that my 1% threatens to take over my entire soul? What are the demands of MY 99%?

As within, so without. “Whatever is not conscious will be experienced as fate.” ~Carl Jung

And now, some additional Jung for your consideration:

“If you imagine someone who is brave enough to withdraw all his projections, then you get an individual who is conscious of a pretty thick shadow. Such a man has saddled himself with new problems and conflicts. He has become a serious problem to himself, as he is now unable to say that they do this or that, they are wrong, and they must be fought against. He lives in the ‘House of the Gathering.’ Such a man knows that whatever is wrong in the world is in himself, and if he only learns to deal with his own shadow he has done something real for the world. He has succeeded in shouldering at least an infinitesimal part of the gigantic, unsolved social problems of our day.” ~Carl Jung

“Taking it in its deepest sense, the shadow is the invisible saurian tail that man still drags behind him. Carefully amputated, it becomes the healing serpent of the mysteries. Only monkeys parade with it.” ~Carl Jung

“When we must deal with problems, we instinctively resist trying the way that leads through obscurity and darkness. We wish to hear only of unequivocal results, and completely forget that these results can only be brought about when we have ventured into and emerged again from the darkness. But to penetrate the darkness we must summon all the powers of enlightenment that consciousness can offer.” ~Carl Jung

“Projections change the world into the replica of one’s own unknown face.” ~Carl Jung

“No, the demons are not banished; that is a difficult task that still lies ahead. Now that the angel of history has abandoned the Germans,* the demons will seek a new victim. And that won’t be difficult. Every man who loses his shadow, every nation that falls into self-righteousness, is their prey…. We should not forget that exactly the same fatal tendency to collectivization is present in the victorious nations as in the Germans, that they can just as suddenly become a victim of the demonic powers.” ~Carl Jung (in a particularly accurate warning about our own times and the fascist Shadow Government(s) pulling the strings)

“The ‘other’ may be just as one-sided in one way as the ego is in another. And yet the conflict between them may give rise to truth and meaning-but only if the ego is willing to grant the other its rightful personality.” ~Carl Jung

“To confront a person with his shadow is to show him his own light. Once one has experienced a few times what it is like to stand judgingly between the opposites, one begins to understand what is meant by the self. Anyone who perceives his shadow and his light simultaneously sees himself from two sides and thus gets in the middle.” ~Carl Jung

I selected these quotes because they seem most obviously related to the current state of our world. It almost feels like Godzilla himself has arisen in an insatiable gobbling of human rights. In the midst of such darkness and self-imposed terror, I also see evidence of much Light. The projected Shadow has made so many more people aware of the Law of Attraction, the possibility (and responsibility) of Self-Sovereignty, the value of real, non-GMO foods, and the potential, nay, the inevitability of human evolution or extinction. I leave you with a William Edwards Deming quote: “It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.” We have the freedom to choose and the tools and power to create. What do you choose? What kind of change will you be?