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 Ogham. 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.

This following is the question chosen for this month.


Dear Alicia,

Question: What do I need to do to accomplish my dream (i.e., independence, mobility, freedom)? What plans should I make, or mindsets adopt?

~Namaste~ Phoenix
Birth date: 07/17/1985

Dear Phoenix,

I chose your question because I felt something stir when I read it, almost like seeing a broad expanse of horizon. I immediately knew that your dream, when it all happens for you, will change the lives of others. Getting there though will not happen overnight. I have a feeling it will take you the better part of the next ten years to truly achieve your goals.

Your Sun and Mars are in Cancer, and Jupiter is in Aquarius. Finding work that inspires you is key, as you will need to combine work and pleasure. 1985 is a birth year marked by freedom, and so by freeing yourself you will free others. Work hard, make your own luck, and everything else will follow.

I’ve chosen a eight card Quest spread for your reading, and it should offer you guidance in the days ahead. I laid down the cards twice – as I was surprised by the cards that turned up. Many of the same cards reappeared, and so I decided to read them exactly as they are – the universe is telling you something here that looks a lot like tough love – because it is.

The first card is The Wheel of Fortune inversed, and the second is the crossing card of the King of Wands. As benevolent as he is, he is still in your way. Sometimes the people who love us the most really don’t know what is truly best for us, and you will have some tough decisions to make, but make them you must. This first card is your quest; to overcome the cards in your life you have been dealt. The Wheel of Fortune card is a powerful one when it is upright, and so you must turn things around so that they go your way.

The second card is the Five of Wands inversed, reflective of the path you are on now. You have hit something of a dead end, and your course needs to be corrected as you set sail for The Wheel of Fortune card to be turned upright. Do not be easily deterred by others or even yourself. I see some sorrow and pessimism in this reading.

The third card is where you are lead to – The Chariot inversed. This mobility issue is a tough one. I believe you will need to strengthen yourself. In this deck, the Chariot also carries an association with water and horses – both of which are used in rehabilitation. Look into this.

The fourth card is what opposes you, as is signified by The Horned One (the Devil card) inversed. There is an imbalance here, and oppression. I do so hope that no one is holding your religious views against you, but I fear that they are. The Old Religion has a very long history of secrecy that you may need to employ as well. Don’t make things harder on yourself.

The fifth card is The World, inversed. It, ironically enough is what will aid you. Character is strengthened when we are at our weakest points, that we might break over the fires in our life as we are tempered and hammered into shape. What may actually be happening is part of the process I feel we go though, in order to be made useful to higher powers and the others we are intended to help.

The sixth card is the Ten of Pentacles – what you must sacrifice. This too is hard. You must sacrifice your comfort where you are now with your family if you truly wish to have independence. Birds have to fly sometime and leave the nest. It’s what makes them birds – they are meant to fly.

The seventh card is the Ace of Pentacles, and it too is inversed. When I see a reading with good cards that are in inversed positions, it means that there is a way to turn things around. Money should not at all be part of your goal here.

Now, I am going to tell you a little secret someone once shared with me. “You will always have yourself, no matter what. When you come to the place within yourself that knows that you can always count on yourself, and that you will always have yourself, you can do anything!” This has brought me great comfort over the years, and has empowered me to get through some the hardest of times.

But if you do not ‘learn how to ride the horse, the horse will ride you.’ Horses are pretty heavy, so you had better grab those reigns. You are the only one who can control your life’s outcome.

I believe in you, and I believe you can do it. So should you.

Blessed be,
Rev. Alicia Lyon Folberth


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