It’s In The Cards

Dear Reader,

Welcome to ‘It’s In the Cards’ for www.PaganPages.org. At one time this column appeared in Finer Things Magazine in New Haven, CT, and I am very pleased to be writing my column again; this time for the Pagan Community.

Every month, I will do a tarot reading for one person whose question I choose for this column. Also, by writing me, you will have a chance for a free tarot 10 minute reading on the phone. If you would like to contact me about purchasing a reading, please visit my web site at www.SubRosaMagick.com or write me at [email protected]

Since I first began reading for the public 13 years ago, I found that I fell in love with being able to help people in their personal lives and on their path as a spiritual counselor. The cards, I have found, often tell us what we need to know, and not necessarily what we want to know. They provide a way for me to see deeper into the heart of an issue and often what magickal advice I also need to give to bring about change.

Even if you aren’t familiar with tarot cards as a form of divination, they also work in the same way other forms do, be it the Runes, I-Ching, oracles or Ogam. The symbols of the tarot speak on many levels, and allow a connection to be created with spirit; opening a doorway for the universe to communicate on a personal level. As an artist as well as a priestess, I acknowledge the power of these symbols, but as a psychic, I use them to “see” more clearly.

Mediumship isn’t something I intentionally practice, but sometimes I do receive messages from spirit or departed loved ones, and if I receive messages I will relay these to you as part of the reading.

The following is the question chosen for this month

Dear Alicia,
I have a friend who I know I have shared a past life with, and still feel that we have a psychic connection. I’m open-minded, but not a Witch as she is. My questions is: What is the past life connection that we share, and how were we connected? Who were we to one another? My birthday is 12/20/1967.

Dear Tom,

Your question really intrigued me. No one has asked me this question before, and so it presented a challenge. Because it is you asking, and not the lady in question, I will withhold her birth date. You are both very different people by sun sign, since you are a Sagittarius and she a Cancer, but both your moon signs are in Leo. Who you both really are at the deepest level is what resonates, even though the outer world has shaped both of you very differently, as well as life goals. Author John O’Donohue wrote about soul friends being fashioned of the same clay when their spirit was born; “Friends are not made. Friends are discovered and recognized. In true friendship an ancient circle closes again. Between the two friends this ancient circle awakens.” And though she is not your soul mate, I do feel she is spiritually kin to you. She is, however, very complicated, as is her path this lifetime.

I chose a simple past life card spread using two decks – one for you and one for her. They are two pyramids forming an hourglass meeting in the middle with an extra card as a binding card. How the cards fell surprised me, they are not simply cards in a layout, as the cards began to tell a story of what happened so very long ago. This reading could not do the story justice if I read it card by card, and so I am throwing away the standard textbook reading on this one.

This time period that you both shared feels old and musty to me, like some sort of ancient library covered in the dust of years, or a forgotten tomb buried within the ashes and soil of an abandoned city. So the story begins long, long ago, in a place forgotten to modern memory…

You were very young when you met her, neither emotionally or mentally wise. You were attracted to her strength of will, and her beauty…and her position. She was a lady of status as a spiritual leader, within a family of a different caste. You were promised to one another, but it was not meant to be, and the marriage never happened. Although you were not without, you were not satisfied. You went to war, seeking wealth, and did not return until many years later. You gathered wealth, and earned significant status of your own, but it did not make you happy. Perhaps you felt you needed those things to earn her hand in the beginning, but it led you only to battle.

Although she did wait, and mourned you, she was married to someone else in another land, and had two sons after some sort of disaster, losing her husband in the process. It’s not a happy ending, I’m afraid.

But something did happen here early in your lives. The four of wands, represents spiritual ties, the high priestess card the lesson, and the magician is the binding card between you both. The reason, I believe why you still have this bond was because there was an act of magick that did ‘take’ into other lives. Magick is afoot in this reading, and I feel she was a Witch then as she is now.

I doubt this was the only lifetime that your paths have crossed, but was the beginning, and a karmic tie.

Perhaps the lesson is to trust in the magick of all things beyond the physical, and that includes love and friendship. The greater lesson would be that the people we love are never really lost to us. The connection we share with others cannot be severed even by the vast seas of time.

Blessed be!
Rev. Alicia Lyon Folberth


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1. Name you would like me to use in the article (it doesn’t have to be your given name)
2. Full birthdate
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