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Updated: Jul 1

A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When the stars align, you find that perfect soul that is made especially for you. They make all your wrongs seem right and your rights seem whole. When looking for a soul mate, sometimes you end up going through relationship after relationship that can feel like an endless and hopeless journey. But rest assured, there is that special someone out there for you, that special soul that makes you whole.


A soul mate is the person that ignites the fire inside you. They make adventures happen at a whims notice, and help you find peace when you need it the most. A soul mate understands your most inner being. When everyone else gets it wrong, they get it right.


Don't ever stop searching for that special person. You will know when you find them. It is a magical feeling, an indescribable feeling, like it is fate, meant to be. Don't ever let that go. We are constantly searching for our other half, and you will find them when you least expect it!



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Dream interpretations have been documented on clay tablets as far back as 4000 B.C. For the ancient people, interpreting and understanding their dreams was a crucial part of life, as they believed it could reflect future happenings or show bad omens. Human beings have always been fascinated by their dreams, and still strive to this day to understand them.


In some ancient or primal societies, some members were unable to distinguish between the dream world and the waking world. They had the ability to choose between worlds. These were the powerful shamans of ancient times who were thought to have the ability to travel between the spririt world, or the "astral" world, what we call dream worlds. They believed that the dream world was an extension of reality and also more powerful world, almost as if we are all living double lives, one life in what we believe to be reality, and one in the dream world. Because of this belief, it was extremely important for people to write down, talk, and interpret their dreams.

  

In the Greek and Roman eras, religious context was given to dreams. They were believed to be messages sent from the gods or even from the dead. The people of that time look to their dreams for solutions on what to do or what course of action to take. They believed dreams were predictions of the future and could be used to make decisions. Powerful families, and even emperors had special dream interpreters around that would interpret their dreams and tell them what actions they should take. Their belief in the power of a dream was so strong that it even dictated the actions of military leaders. In fact, dream interpreters even accompanied military leaders into battle to help with war strategy. Shrines were even built where people would go to sleep, believing that a message could be passed to them through their dreams.





Aristotle, a Greek philosopher believed that dreams were a result of physiological functions. He believed dreams were able to show signs of illness and predict the onset of diseases. 

During the Hellenistic era, dreams were centered around their ability to heal. Asclepieions, which were special temples, were built around the belief that dreams had healing powers. Sick people believed that they would be sent cures to their diseases through their dreams, so they slept in these temples in the hopes that it would happen. Dream interpreters even aided the doctors of the time with their medical diagnoses.  They believed that these dreams held vital clues for these healers, and these healers believed they could use these interpretations to heal.

 

Even the Egyptians recorded their dreams in hieroglyphics. Egyptian priests acted as dream interpreters. People with particularly vivid or significant dreams were believed to be blessed and were considered special. People who had the power to interpret dreams were looked up to and seen as divinely gifted.

 

The dream world can be seen as an actual place that your spirit and soul goes to every night. Some call this place the "astral plane". Some people are able to wake up in their dreams and realize they are dreaming. These are called lucid dreams. But there is another type of dream world some people are able to enter called the astral plane. They are able to enter this world through sleep paralysis. They let their body go to sleep but keep their mind awake and are then able to project their consciousness outside of their body. They are then able to travel anywhere they want. The Chinese believed that the soul leaves the body to go into this special world. Some Native American tribes and Mexican civilizations share this same notion of a distinct dream dimension. They believe that their ancestors lived in their dreams and take on non-human forms like plants or animals. Some called them "skinwalkers". They were believed to be able to project their spirit into an animal and control it. They also believed that dreams were a way of visiting and having contact with their ancestors.


Today, people do not pay as much attention to their dreams, but they should, as countless civilizations knew their was something very powerful about the dream world. Maybe we will start to rediscover this lost knowledge and learn from it to heal our world.

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Updated: May 19



One of the most popularly used tools in divination today are the Tarot cards. Although not quite as simple as other methods like pendulums or tea leaves, the Tarot has mystified and captured the imaginations of people for centuries due to it's mystical, and some may even call, magical powers. Today, there are hundreds of different designs available to purchase from many different decks of cards. There is a Tarot deck for just about any practitioner, no matter where his or her interests may lie. Whether you’re a fan of horror movies, sports, gambling, or are interested in the writings of Jane Austen, there's probably a deck that exists out there specifically for you. Over the years, the methods of reading the Tarot have changed, and many readers have adopted their own styles and interpretations to the traditional meanings of a layout, but the cards in general haven’t changed very much. Let's take a look at some of the early decks of Tarot cards, and the history of how these came into existence. 


Tarot and the Kabbalah


In 1781, a French Freemason named Antoine Court de Gebelin published a detailed analysis of the Tarot card system. In this publication, he revealed that the symbolism in the Tarot was derived from the esoteric secrets and knowledge of Egyptian priests. De Gebelin went on to explain that this ancient occult knowledge had been brought to Rome and given to the Catholic Church and the Pope, who wanted to keep this arcane knowledge secret as he believed it could hurt the church, not to mention it would also be looked upon as heresy at the time as it was considered "the devil's work", or witchcraft. There is a chapter in his publication on Tarot meanings that explains the detailed symbolism of Tarot artwork which connects it to the legends of Isis, Osiris and other Egyptian gods. This kind of mystical work has been around since ancient times, and we are rediscovering this magical phenomena.


In 1791, a French occultist named Jean-Baptiste Alliette, released the first Tarot deck designed specifically for divinatory purposes, rather than it being used for entertainment purposes or for parlor games as it was commonly being used for at the time. A few years earlier, he had responded to de Gebelin’s work with a book explaining how one could use the Tarot for divination. As interest in the occult expanded, it became more closely associated with the Kabbalah and the secrets of Hermetic Mysticism. By the end of the Victorian era, occultism and spiritualism had become extremely popular. 


The Origins of Rider-Waite


Arthur Waite, a British occultist was a member of the Order of the Golden Dawn – and apparently a longtime nemesis of Aleister Crowley, who was also involved in the group and it's various offshoots. Waite got together with artist and Golden Dawn member Pamela Colman Smith and created the Rider-Waite Tarot deck, which was first published in 1909.

At Waite's suggestion, Smith used the Sola Busca artwork for inspiration, and there are many similarities in the symbolism between Sola Busca and Smith's end results. Smith was the first artist to use characters as representative images in the lower cards. Instead of showing a cluster of cups, coins, wands or swords, Smith incorporated human figures into the artwork, and the result is the iconic deck that every reader knows and enjoys today.

The imagery is heavy on Kabbalistic symbolism and is typically used as the default deck in almost all instructional books on Tarot. Today, many people refer to this deck as the Waite-Smith deck, in acknowledgement of Smith’s enduring and amazing artwork.