Sunday, June 2, 2019

New Moon in Gemini - monitor your self-talk

When I think about Gemini, I think about information, communication, sometimes gossip. I also think of the Twins and how sometimes it is unpredictable or changeable but as a mutable sign, it is flexible and easy to change in a minute.  Tomorrow, we will experience a New Moon in Gemini. For me, New Moons are about new beginnings, planting seeds, visioning what we want to manifest and setting the first steps to move as closer to the goal we have in mind.  If we combine the two, Gemini and the New Moon, the first thing that comes to my mind is working on a new way to structure information or how we receive information. Another thing that comes to mind is to take some time to explore how we communicate with others and also to ourselves.

We all experience that voice in the back of our minds that tells us how we are not achieving what we should achieve. Sometimes it tells us we are not enough. Other times it tells us we are too fat. Even it compares us to all those people who exceed expectations in the area we are focusing and fails to see the whole picture. During this New Moon, I invite you to sit down with that voice and re-write the script it tells you. Release all the negative statements and replace them with new ones. For example, when the voice says "you will never accomplish anything", you can look back in your life and see all the times you accomplished your goals and tell the voice the statement is not true and name your accomplishments.

Power comes from choosing the messages we allow our head to play. If a message takes your power away, the Universe is telling you, it's time to change the message. Try writing all the negative statements on a piece of paper and burning the paper in the cauldron so you can see them transform. Then write your new statements and place them as a screen saver on your  phone so it will remind you that you create your reality and those are your statements. You can also record the statements in your phone and play it twice a day as if they were affirmations. It took years to program the negative voice so it will take sometime to reprogram it but rest assure you have what it takes to change those mandates. Just one day at a time.

Many blessings,
Carolina

Rev. Carolina A. Amor

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Tarot Explorations - Moon Power Spread

Do you feel a strong connection to the Moon? Do you love Tarot and Oracles? If your answer is yes to any of these two questions, continue reading as you will find a way to use Tarot cards or Oracle cards to perform a reading that is connected to the phases of the Moon. Last Tuesday, I was leading my Tarot meetup and we went over this spread with the participants. Most of them found this spread useful so I thought I would share it here so you can try it on your own. As with any recipe, feel free to modify as needed! During the meetup I used five Moon related decks, one for each position in the spread. You do not need to have five decks as one will be more than enough but having different decks for each position made it fun! If you know me, you know that I love combining different decks and oracles to create one message as I love connecting the dots and the energies each deck brings. Like an alchemist, I like bringing all the energies together to transform it in something bigger than the sum of the parts. 

Going back to the Moon Power Spread, do you have your deck ready? You should use this spread when you are working on a project and you need to gather information about what you need to incorporate, what you need to let go, and gather information to get clear on your project. You can also use this spread to align yourself with the Moon and perform a small ritual during the waning moon to gather information about the next moon cycle. You may wonder why the waning moon instead of the new moon. If you are asking yourself that question, the response is simple! We need to make space to create new things so we begin at the waning moon to learn what we need to let go of to make space for our new project. You may have been holding onto many things and the time has come to drop some of those things if you are to manifest your desire. Then we will move to the New Moon to discover what are the seeds we need to plant during this lunation. Sometimes we have projects that are so big we need to divide them in pieces so you can use each lunation to work on one part of your project until you reach completion. After discovering the seeds we are tending during this month, we can move to the Waxing Moon (the Growing Moon) to discover what we need to do more of, what are the things that we need to increase to make sure we meet the deadlines in our project. Then finally, we reach the Full Moon phase. This phase is usually associated with completion or with illumination. We will use this position to provide information on those things we did not see before but now, like under a flashlight, we can see and explore.  So now, you may be wondering why did she say the spread was five cards and there are only four Moon phases. Well, let me get to that now! Before we begin with the Moon phases, we will pick one card that will be our guide for the journey. This is the card that will tells us what type of energy we need to have during this lunation to make sure we complete our project.

So, let's get technical now! Here is where the recipe part begins and remember, you can modify as needed. 

Ingredients: one Tarot deck and/or one Oracle deck (or five decks and you will use one for each position)

If you are using one deck for this spread, and that deck is a Tarot deck, please separate the Major Arcana. If you are using one Oracle deck, you do not need to separate any cards from your deck.

Before you begin, clear your mind by becoming centered in your body. Take a couple of deep breaths in and out. Let go of anything that is not required for this project and begin focusing on the areas you are looking to get answers on. If you are looking for a general reading, just ask the Universe to provide you with information about what you need to focus on the next 28 days or the next lunation cycle.

Once you are ready to begin, pick up the Major Arcana cards and shuffle them until you feel complete. Then select one card and place it in the center. Once you have done that, incorporate the Major Arcana to the rest of the deck and shuffle again. This time you will focus on asking the cards to provide you insights on what you need to let go of. You will pick one card and place it on the top right corner. Then you will continue shuffling and now focus on the seeds you need to tend, what areas in your life need attention to make sure that your project gets to completion. You will pick one card and place it on the bottom right angle.  Then you will continue shuffling and you will place your attention on gathering information about what you need to do more of in order to fulfill your goal. Pick a card and place it on the bottom left. Finally, you will shuffle again and ask the cards to provide you with information on those areas you are blind-sided or that you need to focus on. Pick a card and place it on the top left. Now you have all your cards and you are ready to read them!

Card 1 (center card): This card signifies the energies you need to incorporate during this lunation. This card will be a Major Arcana if you are using Tarot cards and it will provide you with insights on where in the Hero's Journey you are located. What energies you need to use to go with the flow during this lunation and maybe what to avoid.

Card 2 (Waning Moon, top right): This card shows you what you need to let go of during this lunation in order to make space to achieve what you desire. You can not grab something new if your hands are full with other things so remember, this may not be let go of but postpone as it is not useful during this lunation.

Card 3 (New Moon, bottom right): This card signifies the seeds we need to tend. What is the nature of your new project or the part of the project you are focusing on during this lunation? What needs your attention and intention? What needs your focus?

Card 4 (Waxing Moon, bottom left): This is the card that tells us what we need to do more of or expand. What needs extra attention? It shows us where to focus our energy so we can be in the flow.

Card 5 (Full Moon, top left): This card signifies our blind spot. It shows us what areas we may have been missing because we were distracted or did not pay attention to the essential. Pay attention this card as it is key to complete your project.

If you use this spread to align with the lunation, you can interpret each card as an area you need to focus during that week. Each Moon phase is 7 days, use a card for each week of the period and the central card can be the general topic for the lunation period.

I hope you enjoy this spread! Feel free to share your comments, observations or suggestions in the blog comments. If you have questions, don't hesitate in writing to me at carolina@caroamor.com or post your questions on this blog and I will respond to them as I receive them.

Good luck in your Tarot and Divination Journey!

Many blessings,

Carolina


Thursday, January 17, 2019

Fork in the Road - Power of Choice

I could have never imagined the life I am living today when I got on that plane 17 years ago. I was following my heart all the way. I met the person who is now my ex-husband and I was head over heels in love with him. So big was my love that I went to get my passport and got my ticket to fly to the USA to meet him. My family thought I was crazy but I knew in my heart it was the right thing to do. As I read this, I know it sounds like a movie and at that time I believed it was. You can only imagined what my family thought when a year after I announced I was getting married to the man I had only spent two weeks with in person in a foreign land. Yes, you guessed it! I am the different one in my family. The one who when she believes something is possible, nothing will stop her until she reaches her goal. They placed bets that he would not show up for the wedding... they were all wrong! I still remember my dad´s face when he met him for the first time - the American boy with long hair, half blonde and half black. The wedding was simple and a few months later I found myself living in USA. 

The first few years were not easy. They were years full of hardship that made me humble. From an independent and self-sufficient woman, I was then a dependent woman on my husband. I did know know how to drive a car because I thought I did not need it when I lived in the big city of Buenos Aires. Having to ask to be dropped off or taken to certain places like a child was a motivator to keep growing, to keep pursuing. I was a professional in my country and in this land I was just an immigrant. I even took my husband´s name because it would sound American and I would blend in. I had to work hard for everything I have today. America is the land of opportunity. It is the land of dreams but those dreams are not free. Today, I have reclaimed my name and I am proud of being a Latina. Even though I look American with my natural blonde hair, the Latin blood runs through my veins. The passion and the drive to go for what I want is still there. 

A couple of years ago, one of my cousins asked me if I still believed in love now that I am divorced. He was there when I got married and witnessed my love story so his question was understandable. My response was YES. I believe in love and I believe that many times we are faced with a fork in the road. We are faced with a decision to make and our choice will have several ripple effects that will determine who you become. If you ask me today, I would still get on that plane as I did 17 years ago because even though it was a challenging experience, I still choose that experience. I would not be who I am today without it. I choose that love, the love that moved me to leave everything behind and come to USA with just two bags (one bag was full of books!). The love that saved me from unhealthy patterns and gave me the opportunity to build myself from scratch. The love that made me stronger. 

Today, as I see so many people posting 10 year challenges I realize so many things change in our lives with time. We face so many forks, we make so many choices. It is definitely not about looks or age, it´s about experience so can you identify those forks that were agents of change in your life? Would you do the same? If not, what would you do differently? There is always time for a new choice. You have that power.

Many blessings,

Carolina

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Ticking Bomb

The story begins over 20 years ago when the dentist in Argentina removed the braces and found out that one of my molars had developed a big cavity due to the braces support on that molar. At that time, I did not think much about this tooth but kept going. I was just 16 years old and did not want to think about dental issues anymore. Time continued to pass and I found myself being 22 and getting ready to travel to the USA for the first time. At this time, I remember my molar and the bad shape it was in. I went to the dentist and told him to remove the tooth as I was traveling to a different country and I did not want that ticking  bomb to explode while I was abroad. He asked me if it hurt and I said no so he said, just remove it when it hurts but not before.

Eight years after that, I found myself living in the USA and having an extreme pain on one of my teeth. It was not the old molar, it was a different tooth. I went to the dentist and it turned out to be that I needed a root canal. The pain was so bad that I would have done anything to make it stop so without thinking, I went and had the root canal. At that time, the dentist mentioned the molar and said that I should do a root canal on that one too to save the tooth. He was amazed that it did not hurt as I had like half a tooth there. I said ok and I moved on with my life.

Today, 9 years after that first root canal, I went and had the second root canal on the old molar. That molar that never hurt but was always a ticking bomb waiting to explode. The dentist told me they used different X-Rays 9 years ago and that he was happy I had come back and amazed it still did not hurt. I am about to turn 40 and with Saturn in Capricorn, I have to take care of my teeth, there is no looking the other way anymore. Yesterday, in my initial dental appointment, the dentist was quite surprised I knew exactly what was going on in my mouth. He said "you are pretty tuned in to your teeth". I smiled and I thought I´ve been working on fine tuning my intuition and my skills for the past five years so it would be funny to just be intuitive in one area of my life and not another so it makes sense I could feel my teeth and know it is time to pay a visit to the local dentist.

By now, you may be wondering why I am telling you this story. That is to say if you are still reading! The story of the molar is a story that shows how sometimes if something does not hurt, we keep it going even thought we know it is a ticking bomb. It is a story of knowing something is not healthy but because it is not toxic enough, we  don´t take care of it. Now, think about those things in your life that you know are not longer needed or are not really healthy for you but because they don´t hurt, you just do the same you have always done and not change it. What if you decide to change it today? How would your life be different? 

You may be in fear of taking action. You may think you are not brave enough to change your world, to rock that boat. All it takes is to decide to do it. To decide to take the first step. Sometimes we settle for less than we deserve because it does not hurt and we are afraid of change or go for something better. Don´t allow your ticking bomb to continue growing, don´t settle. Life is too short not to live it fully. No matter what your fear is, you have what it takes to conquer it. The Universe would not place a test if you don´t have the tools to pass it. Trust yourself, Trust the Universe. Trust the process.

All is well!

Many blessings,

Carolina


Monday, July 9, 2018

Solar Eclipse in Cancer - July 12-13

Hi Everyone,
July is here! Summer is here! And three Eclipses are coming between July and August. Are you ready to shift? Eclipses usually come in twos but this time, we have three in a row. The message is clear - major endings and beginnings are ahead. Eclipses give us the extra push we need to break patterns, to let go and to choose something different. We begin the Eclipse saga with a solar Eclipse in Cancer on July 12. Then, we will have a Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius on July 27. And finally we will end with a new Solar Eclipse in Leo on August 11. What is the story that these three events tell us? My guess is that it begins at home where we need to review what our core principles are and what needs to go. Aquarius then tells us to get out there, be out of our comfort zone and try something different so we can find our heart values - Leo. 
This coming Thursday, we will experience a partial Solar Eclipse in Cancer giving us an opportunity to review our values and our roots. What foundations are solid? What foundations do not serve you anymore? The Universe is saying that there may be certain traditions that are not nurturing anymore and they need to go. Since they are traditions, you may be attached to them and reluctant to let them go so this Eclipse gives you that extra strength to be able to cut those cords. It is essential that you trust your intuition during these times as intuition does not lie. The head may lie. The ego may try to confuse you but your intuition knows the truth because it knows vibration and vibration does not lie. Use this Eclipse to shed light on those hidden feelings that may have been repressed and find a positive way to channel that energy. You may be faced with your shadow or any dysfunctional pattern, and this is your time to address it. There is no need to fear your shadow as in that shadow resides part of your power. Try to spend some time in nature and ground. Go for a run. Express your feelings even if it is by writing a letter and burning it. Let it out and let it go. 
This is a powerful time for healing and releasing old patterns. Use it wisely.
Many blessings,
Carolina
Rev. Carolina A. Amor

Monday, May 28, 2018

Full Moon in Sagittarius - May 29

Hi Everyone,
Are you ready for a Full Moon in Sagittarius tonight? Sagittarius is the sign of truth and freedom. It is also the sign that pushes us to expand our horizons and venture into new adventures. Like it´s symbol, we are always searching for the next target to hit and follow the arrow of our destiny. Full Moons are about completion. We are reaching the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new one. As we end the old cycle, we face our fears and look at our demons in the eyes and say "I am ready to move forward, I am fearless in the face of fear". 
During this Full Moon, we are invited to confront our fears and remember that our happiness does not depend on outside input but it is an inside job. In the past, I shared the formula E+R=O. This stands by Event + Reaction = Outcome. We have no control over the events in our lives but we do have control over our reactions and that will shape our outcomes. It is time that we choose a different reaction if we want to see a different picture. We can not continue doing the same thing and expecting a different result so now it´s time to act. It´s time to change and create a new vision based on how we react to those events we can not control. 
In order to change our reactions, we need to change our thinking, we need to change our priorities, we need to change our environment. Movement is essential because stagnant energy is not going to take you anywhere. Let go of the things that don´t serve you, declutter and leave those things that are essential and true to who you are. This is a time to seek new possibilities and we can only do that by changing ourselves. Remember it begins with you and then it transpires in the world. Every person counts. Choose a different tomorrow by choosing a different option today.
Many blessings,
Carolina
Rev. Carolina A. Amor

Monday, May 14, 2018

New Moon in Taurus - Uranus in Taurus - May 15

Hi Everyone,
The world as you know it is about to change. Are you ready for the big shift? Uranus, the planet of change and transformation, is about to move from Aries to Taurus. During his stay in Aries, Uranus has initiated the transformation that is going to manifest during his stay in Taurus. Taurus is the sign that rules our basic needs such as security, money, love, and more. Uranus´transit in Taurus will reshape our needs and will open up the door for radical change. It will also help us connect with our bodies and with nature. Human beings have become very disconnected from the natural world and the time has come for us to wake up. If we continue living the way we do today, there will be no planet for our future generations. 
The crossing of Uranus from Aries to Taurus takes place on the same day we have a New Moon also in Taurus. New Moons are about planting the seeds and new beginnings so the question becomes, what are you going to plant? Are you ready to plant seeds of change or will fear make you try to push the river and stay the same? This is not a change you can avoid but you can go with the flow or you can go against it. It´s up to you. The Universe is giving you a chance to shift the way you see the world, change your way of connecting with your resources and open up to new ways of relating to others. Are you ready for this change? 
These are periods of high stress and anxiety so make sure that you take care of your own needs. Practice self-care. Meditate. Walk in nature and remember that even when the world seems to be falling apart, the Universe is dissolving what no longer serves us so we can build again. We need to destroy the stagnant structure in order to build a new one. Trust the process. You got this!
Many blessings,
Carolina
Rev. Carolina A. Amor