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More often than I care to think about a client comes to me in desperation with this cry for help. 'I've had a bad reading, what do I do?'
As a tarot reader and tarot author of 25 years I despair at how many people seem to be duped by psychic / tarot / magic peddling fortune tellers who undertake readings that leave folks feeling helpless and scared. Here I am going to break down what a 'bad reading is' and what you can do right now to feel better.
What is a bad reading?
A bad reading is:
- one that leaves you questioning your life choices.
- one that has you feeling as if you have no power over your life and everything is going to go wrong.
- one that predicts doom and gloom and leaves you scared for the future.
-one that predicts anything at all and makes you feel as if your life is set in stone.
- one that is contradictory and changes as you share information.
- one that leaves you uneasy and with a bad taste in your mouth, even if it isn't clear why.
- one that has you reach out to other people for advice or to help prove the original reading wrong.
- one where you are instructed what to do.
I have had a number of bad readings over the years. And from that perspective, I can assure you that nothing anyone says or predicts for you is likely to come true. Not at all. Please, in the first instance, disregard anything you have been told that makes you feel bad about your life or yourself.
What I have discovered from my own work as an international tarot reader and tarot expert, is that free will is the most wonderful thing in the world. And you have it. In buckets. You can change and shift your life on a whim. You can manifest, spiritually and with great power. You too can predict your own life events, and tune into your intuition far better than any 'reader' ever could.
Nothing is set in stone. Nobody knows your life better than you. You are, always, the wisdom and authority you need.
I understand it though, having a bad reading can set you upside down and inside out (I have been in this situation several times and as yet those bad predictions have not come true). Still, it is painful to place your life in someone's spiritual hands and have difficult, scary prophesies made. When you do this you effectively hand over all your power, and if the reader is unscrupulous, you can lose more than just the money you paid. This is a very real problem, and one that I am keep to set straight.
And no, I'm not going to try to sell you my readings as antidote to your bad one. What I will tell you is this, and I'll say it over and over. You are your own spiritual authority. You always have been. If a psychic / tarot / spiritual reading feels wrong, it is because it is wrong.
It is your own power filled intuition that is telling you that. So listen to yourself. If you find yourself on this page. It is because your inner guide led you here. If a reading is bad in your mind, it is because it was bad in real life. Here is your first lesson. Trust yourself more than you trust some shabby reading that broke your heart. Disregard what you were told now and know that none of it need come true.
So what does a good reading look and feel like?
- a good reading makes no solid predictions but helps you see the power you have in your life.
- a good reading addresses the chaos and difficult times, but helps you find a way through them.
- a good reading feels like empowerment and enlightenment
- a good reading leads you straight back to your life purpose, your heart your emotions
- a good reading aligns you with your strengths
- a good reading has you feeling like superwoman, ready to take on your circumstances, plans and life!
The best person to read for you, is you. This is why I wrote my book The Book of Tarot (published July 2020) so that you can start to learn the tools of divination, tarot, spirituality and intuition for yourself. For there is no better place for spiritual guidance than in your hands, heart and mind. If you are interested in spirituality, in the possibility of the mystical, of the divine at work in your own life, then there are ways to capture your own magic that do not involve anybody but you. This can be a life changing trip. Whether you choose to explore your own psychic power, or simply start to meditate and open your mind to spiritual ideas, the power you are looking for, lays with you. I offer the following tools to help you connect with your own inner spiritual guide:
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Please feel free to share this article with folks suffering a bad or upsetting reading. Copyright Alice Grist May 2020
I really feel like things are shifting. Week after week of isolation and being stuck in our own dirt is causing the divine to start to rise. Many of us have never experienced the intensity and (let's be honest) trauma of an event like this. And here we are starting to find the gems and pearls of beauty in amongst the mud. This week's tarot pull really speaks to that power.
Below I explain what the Empress tarot card brings to us.
Firstly I wanted to let you know that last week's meditation group was such a success. I am hosting another this Tuesday, and each week we will be exploring different ways to empower ourselves spiritually.
This Tuesday we will be exploring Tarot, Rune work and an exercise and meditation aimed at calling back our lost personal power! If you feel the need to strengthen and power up yourself, this will be perfect for you! The tickets for the group are on sale for another 12 hours, then they go up to full price. Please note the 7pm is GMT British Summer Time and make the relevant adjustments for your time zone.
Book your space here. I cannot wait to work and connect with you!
Community Tarot Card for Your Week Ahead... The Empress
The Empress is for me one of the most powerful cards in the Tarot deck. She reminds us of our innate creative and nurturing abilities. She reminds us that those abilities sit at the very source of life as we know it. The Empress is mother earth, she is in her power, she brings change as at the same time she offers resilience. We all have this within us. We are able to bring life to this earth be it through child birth, raising a garden, nurturing animals, creating a business, or simply being a source of support for loved ones and friends.
The week the Tarot guide us to find the all-powerful mother within. And no you don't need to be a mother for this to matter. The archetype is amongst us all be we childless, be we children, be we men. The Empress asks you to nurture yourself and form there, to feed the world around you. Look to nature for inspiration. See how as nature strengthens herself, she does so in unison with all other aspects of life around her.
So go about your week knowing that you get to choose how to respond, how to react. That you can exist in potent and nourishing ways with yourself and those around you. Make healthy choices and recognise how life affirming that is. The Empress is offering you peace as you take control over the energy within you and find beautiful, harmonious ways to experience it.
With love, Alice
Cosmic Mother Nurturing Women into Creative and Intuitive Enlightenment
Bestselling Author * Tarot Expert * Spiritual Healer
Are you enlightened yet? Has lockdown served up any epiphanies to you? Have you recognised anything about your life as you sit and stew in your self isolation?
I have found that this strange period has been a whole new level of surrender. I spent most of the last couple of years surrendering. Which basically means, giving over my faith and trust in the universe to the wind and going with the flow. It's hard, but I was doing it, and it was serving me up with some powerful treats, including an impressive new book contract for the Book of Tarot (preorder here) ...
Then 2020 arrived and I decided to seize back control of my life from the universe. I got totally out of alignment and the result has been SO MUCH pain, to myself, and to others.
Then the world stopped. And I am now sat in unexpected surrender with everybody else. Sat in my own pain, surrendered to forces that require a full stop on life.
BUT... if I know anything about surrender I know that it works. In this sweet, sickly spot of stopping, we can become so much more.
So when I ask have you had any epiphanies yet, it's because I reckon you must have. For I sure have. I am sure that before this time is out, I will have had more.
This period of weird frightened stalling has brought me face to face with my dark side, my shadow, my shame and my (many) imperfections. Not to taunt me. But to help me eyeball them down and release them. So that I might surrender and rise up from this different. Ready for whatever the next part of life holds for me/ What about you? Have you been made to sit in discomfort with your shadows? And if so, how are you going to transform them into something that is easier to live with?
I pulled us all a card to help deal with our collective angst, and to learn how to make the most from this, how to turn dirt into divine...
Seven of Wands
This card speaks to the place we are in. Isolated, alone, far from ordinary contact with the culture we previously relied on. And yet, in this odd place we don't fall and deflate. Oh no, this is a place where we rise and get higher. Not by doing, or even being. But by stopping and stilling within. Then dealing with whatever the heck comes up.
This space is difficult, but this difficulty is the dirt necessary to grow. And we are all growing. The world is becoming much smaller as we connect with our internal worlds. So we know who we are, and what we really need. As this moment lifts and life moves on, this space of inner exploration will find it's ways to change the wider world hugely. This is life changing, but it is also world changing.
Choose to go gently with yourself at this moment. Every time you experience pain, know that this pain comes with higher purpose. That every discomfort you currently endure, will shift and become a powerful part of your personality.
In this space you are learning about you, in ways you never could have before. It is stark, it is powerful, it will make you better and happier in the long run. So sit here in this place and know that it is and will be the making of you.
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So when times get hard, I do what I do. I read the Tarot... Read on to see how this situation is affecting you for the best, and see the offerings I am making to support you during this time.
This is the card that arose. The Emperor.
The Emperor, painted here a few years back for my Cosmic Mother Tarot deck, speaks to two aspects of what we are currently experiencing.
Firstly there is the internal chaos. For never before has life been more ordered on the outside. Literally. We are ordered to stay in our homes and only to leave under strict instructions. We are the subjects of a new kind of order that many of us in the free world have never experienced. Not only this but we are compelled to police ourselves, our wants and our desires in wholly new ways. We cannot distract ourselves with external people, places or things. We must sit in our government sanctioned isolation, and we must stew in it.
We must sit and stew in uncertainty, fear, anxiety, panic. We must sit and stew in home educating, or in a place of loneliness without our usually sources of support. We must sit and stew away from family, colleagues, accomplices, loved ones, lovers and friendly acquaintances. We must sit and stew and be faced with all the shadows that rise up, the stuff we have managed to avoid thinking about, the hopes and the traumas. It is all here now. And it is not going anywhere fast. The internal chaos tucked within this strict order, is unreal, and yet, here we are...
This serves the obvious purpose of protecting ourselves and others. But in a more spiritual and unforeseen turn of events it gifts us a very real opportunity. For in our busy lives we dodge thinking about the bigger life questions that are speaking to us now. So we go years and years in spaces and places that don't bring us the joy or the challenge we deserve. We live through a lens that tells us how we should be, not how we really are. We cover our true hopes up with 'this will do' or 'good enough'. And we plod interminably towards old age and some freedom that we may find once upon a time...
Here and now we are faced with captivity, and within that captivity, we are frightened. We are pushed up against a situation we never thought would occur and find ourselves in the pressure cooker of our own hearts and minds. What happens in a pressure cooker? Things get made. You get made. We become more than we were. All our ingredients are combined to fuse into something greater than the were when they were chopped up and chucked in.
You were in pieces when you arrived in isolation. Fragmented aspects of you were placed within a difficult, vision quest of a scenario. And now, here you are, forming into something new. You don't need to know what that is. But it is happening. Every moment you lose yourself to, every tear you cry, every giggle you allow yourself in this weird, safe space. Well of that is the beginning of you. The next level is under spiritual instruction and every second you spend in this space, has so much value.
So as you navigate this time trust that it has purpose and power. For you personally. As someone who is experiencing IT ALL right now. The struggle, the panic, the worry, the joy, the fun, the moments of exhilarating freedom, I can affirm that this is bringing us what we need. Individually and collectively. Take a moment and pray or meditate on that.
I hope you enjoyed this reading.
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With love and hope for the very best for you from this crazy moment in time, Alice
Your March 2020 reading from 'Dirty and Divine' and 'Book of Tarot' author Alice Grist.
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Today I pulled three inspiring cards for the start of Spring! After some especially heavy vibes the last few months, these cards remind us of three VERY important things.
1) Pleasure and fun are our purpose
2) You have the power to create whatever you want from your life.
3) You are the magic.
Let's examine them a little deeper so that we can make the most of the incredible vibes these cards are ushering in this March.
Childhood and innocence calls us back into our power. And the power we need is the power of unfiltered joy. When did you allow yourself to just be, and to get lost in something you find enjoyable? In particular, think back to the glowing moments of your childhood and consider, what did you love doing then? These things may be as simple as playing simple games, being in nature, dancing to pop music, or exploring the world around you.
As adults in a goal oriented society, we are told that our purpose lays in creating, becoming and hitting targets. This is nonsense. Our true spiritual purpose, most often lays in finding new, sweet, immersive experiences. We can find ourselves, not through work or achievement, but, in losing ourselves to the moment we are already in. So if this March finds you looking for life purpose, or trying to find a way through darkness, the answer is so very simple.
Get back to basics, be in nature, find a way to play and become at one with your moment.
The High Priestess straddles the other two cards, and reminds us that we are all connected beings. I don't meant to your wi-fi darling. I mean to your spirit and your soul. Take a second to think about what you want in life. Go ahead....
Now with that in mind, imagine it is already here. For in the thinking, you create a connection, and all that matters next is that you call it in. Surrender to whatever process and time it takes to arrive. And as you wait, sit on your throne, in full knowing, that you are the only power you need. Revisit the above card, and play with life, whilst you trust that miracles happen and dreams come true.
The biggest thing you were never told, by parents, or schools, is that you are the spiritual bomb. We all are. We are connected to 'all that is', and we thrive when we begin to recognise that our thoughts have power. So you can sit and slump and slaver over opportunities lost. Or you can create opportunities from shifting your perspective to one of self belief and soul deep empowerment. Start by making a wish, believing it to be true, asking for a sign, saying a prayer, meditating for a few moments. The shift of perspective you need, takes seconds to achieve and changes everything. Make this your March mission.
Crow - let us take Crow as our spiritual sign this month. So look out for Crows in every form they may come. You may see an actual crow, or find yourself inundated by images of them, in magazines, TV, on clothing. You may hear them talked about in a conversation or on the radio. Be open to the universe sharing this symbol.
And what does the Crow symbol mean? Well it echoes the two previous cards. It is magic and it is mystery. You can have both. You can conjure your desires, as at the same time you surrender to the mystery of what your desires might become.
For in making our wishes, we set a tone, what that tone brings in reality, is not for us to know until it arises. In this mystery lays alot of fun - for the universe has a sense of humour. So kick back. Don't take it all so seriously. The crow, dark and mysterious, is having a bit of a laugh with us. So take your spirituality with a dash of slapstick this month and give over to whatever the hell is coming. Trust it all has your highest interests at heart, and find a way back to the fun your spirit wishes you were having!
What a fun and empowering reading we have this March! Please feel free to share on your social media so likeminded friends can get enlightened. Comment below if this reading speaks to your heart.
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I LOVE September. It's my Birthday month and it see's the mood shift from swirling Summer to a slightly more chill Autumn. Spiritually it takes the pressure off. It helps us doze a little longer and start to go inward ready for the hermetic power of Winter. Which basically means you are off the hook, you will feel you have more choice in what you do, and you can protect your heart and mind better from the relentless energy of 'doing' that is beginning to wear thin after a busy Spring and Summer.
AUSTRALIA / NZ Of course if you inhabit other parts of the world where Spring is coming, reverse that. For you it is time to jump up and be busy, with all the energies and ideas incubated over Winter... The tarot below remains true no matter where you are in the world!
Our card for September 2019 is... The Princess of Cups. Scroll down to see what that means for you...
September 2019. Let's pull no punches here, your heart is aching. Though not in a painful way, but more a song of longing, mourning and hope. We are moving into a period of true awakening to the power of our hearts, physical and etheric. We are not ruled by our brains in the way humanity has understood in modern times. Indeed our brains, cold and logical and full of worry have brought more pain and anxiety and trauma than we care to think about.
The way forward is the heart. You are opening and awakening to that forgotten wisdom. So if you feel a juddering, an energy, a sweet heaviness in your chest, acknowledge it, learn to abide by it. For it is not wrong my sweets.
Of course, you can easily overrule the wisdom of your heart, the feelings and knowings she whispers. As you have been doing for too many years. But right now, this very month, she is making herself known and it is in your power to feel her. From this point on, everything, everything, everything changes. Your understandings of self, your belief in your intuitive knowing, your ability to be in the moment and to be empathic, solitary, empowered and loving. All of these things are up for grabs, for the better.
This month, go with what your heart knows. Give her space to expand, which she will do when you acknowledge what she is trying to say. She is not wrong. She knows all. She is connected to your spirit in ways your mind never truly can be. She is making herself known so that you can move forward. Be(at) with your heart.
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What does August 2019 have in store for you?
Well first I want to speak intuitively (without the cards). Here I connect to spirit and receive a powerful overview of the mood, the themes and the type of energies we can expect.
August 2019 - This month is one of two halves. One folding seamlessly into the other. The first half, the first couple of weeks, will see us stalled and waiting. It's not an unpleasant experience, circumstances are just not quite ripe for movement. We are busy and distracted with everything and anything else that comes our way!
As the full moon approaches (15th Aug), this stilling will start to melt and rapid movement will occur. Which means that things you have awaited, will begin to pop into your reality. Rather than jumping with excitement, it is very likely you will simply roll happily towards these long awaited movements and changes. The pause you were in had purpose. It set you up for calm, pleasant seas going forward. Because you were made to wait, the action you enter into in the second half of the month will make you mellow. All that crazy burnt itself out, and now you are ready for business. Keep the momentum and move forward with a new empowered confidence.
Tarot for August 2019 - Two of Wands
You stand at the precipice of something greater than you can actually imagine. Which for some may be exciting, for others it may be terrifying. You may wish to see the future clearly before you move forward. But that is not really an option. Instead you must dig deep into your heart and find the trust, the hope, the weird wonderful sense that this situation is imbued with.
You are not meant to play it small. Nor are you meant to wait much longer. The change you prayed for is here. And it is your job to move towards it, no matter how scary or unexpected it's appearance. Get brave, be bold, trust that this moment is perfect and that the circumstances you find yourself in, are exactly as they should be. One foot in front of the other, as you move in this way, so the view will become familiar and you will acclimatise to the changes that are afoot. You may not know the exact future, but your heart has a feeling all will be well. Let that rule.
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