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    Firstmate’s (Kay’s) Question:

    “What do I need to know about strengthening my intuitive abilities?”

    What does Kay need to know to strengthen her intuitive abilities?

    What an interesting question, Kay. It’s one which, to me, doesn’t lend itself to an immediately obvious spread. It’s not a past-present-future kind of a question and, in fact, since you’re looking for those things which need strengthening, it’s a question looking for more reversals than not. But, hey, that’s part of the fun of the Tarot… seeing how it’ll all work out in the end.

    After a great deal of thought, I’ve decided I want to see what needs strengthening from four entirely different perspectives — spiritually, physically, emotionally and intellectually. Good plan, but for it to work the best, I want to draw just four cards which lend themselves to those categories. Sounds like a fun challenge. Time to break out my Quest Tarot deck. Meditate and shuffle… meditate and shuffle.

    So, here we go, no complicated stuff — four cards, one for each category, right off the top of the deck.

    Card one is the 9 of Cups, reversed. Cups are about emotions, it’s reversed, so we’re off to a good start. I see it as a reminder to keep ego in check and not to let your emotions override your intuition. Share your intuition without prejudice. Picture a cup being filled from above and that cup, in turn, sharing with those below. It’s a free-flowing thing… no holding back… no inhibitions. Neither dilute it, nor enhance it — simply pass on what’s given to you.

    Card two is the 8 of Swords, reversed. Swords are intellectual, so we’re on a good roll. This time picture a crosshatch of swords obstructing your view to vast sunshine-filled horizons. See all that golden sunshine? A color of clairsentience (clear feeling). The more you meditate, the more you free your mind, allowing for a clear, unobstructed view.

    The next card off the top is the Ace of Wands, reversed. Through wands come passion, desire, fire, energy, power, spirituality… I’m liking it. Don’t let misinterpretations, missed interpretations, or what you may judge as “failures” dilute your energy or the energy that’s gifted through you. As you shrug off inner-notoriety for your successes, so go the “failures”. Accept that the vista of energies that feed your intuition originate beyond yourself… beyond your control. You get to blend all that energy with a small part that is your own and accept that you’re the blessed mortal soul who simply gets to put interpretation to it all. Inter-react with that universal energy as often as you can to become comfortable with it and further strengthen your desire to improve. That’s a long-winded way of saying practice.

    And the final card, Justice! This is a biggy — a life-lesson. I think it’s a reminder of where your intuitive abilities fall in the grand scheme of things. A reminder to not be blind to the flow and hamony of our physical world. Sometimes the obvious realities of life come up and smack intuition between the eyes. No matter what all the subtle indicators are, we can’t escape the physical harmony in our lives. Bad influences good… past influences future… actions of all kinds influence harmonious reactions… it’s the whole yin and yang thing. Intuition may tell you that speed is of the essence, but the flashing red lights in your rear view mirror may tell you otherwise.

    And there you have it, Kay. I hope that my interpretation of the cards were helpful to you This spread was a bit of a new experience for me, but the subtlety with which this whole process worked out was a lesson for myself as well.

    Thank you for the opportunity.



    Thank you Don! I didn’t really think about how hard that question was going to be, but now looking back at it, I see I wouldn’t have wanted to try a reading with it. LOL You did a very nice job with it. I know that I should meditate more, but there never seems to be enough time in a day. My problem is I don’t follow through with my intuition, afraid of scaring people that already think I am a mind reader. But I will definately work on that and make time to meditate more. Thank you again!!



    Meditating is one of those things that none of us get enough of, but it sure feels good when we can pull it off.

    As far as your question goes, I couldn’t help but have one of those slap-yourself-in-the-head moments when I was looking at the books in our book section, “101 Ways To Jumpstart Your Intuition“. Check it out if you get a chance. It may be just the ticket! Here’s a link.

    Good luck & thanks again, Kay.


    I’d also recommend another John Holland book – Psychic Navigator – for jumpstarting your intuitive self. And it, too is currently ON SALE at the store. Best wishes as you move forward in your journey.:dance:

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