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Solitary Faery
16-01-2012, 08:44 AM
Hi everyone,

My name is Natalie and I'm 25 years old. I live in Northern California. I just became a member of Spiritual Forums and I've introduced myself in the welcome forum, however, I primarily joined this site because of my interest in pendulum dowsing and tarot reading, so I wanted to say hello here and there as well. I've been involved with metaphysical studies and new age divination practices for awhile now - I'd say about ten years at least. The pendulum is by far my favorite and I've gotten pretty skilled with it. If anyone has any questions, you can always send me a private message.
(NOTE: I may not be able to receive private messages yet seeing as how I'm a "Newbie").
Anyway, just wanted to introduce myself since you'll be seeing me around :)

Take care,

~~Natalie~~

P.S. As soon as my newbie status is up, I will post some pictures of my pendulums - I collect them!

Blooms Bright
16-01-2012, 12:09 PM
Hi there,
I also appreciate the use of pendulums. Although, my skill level is still emerging. I am gifted with reading tarot. My favorite deck is " Sun and Moon" due to the beautiful art work and to be quite honest , just the way it resonates with me.

I understand how one could become a collector of such mediums. So many are intriguing and you just have to admire them. I am working on fashioning a pendulum out of an acorn that has fallen from a respected tree in our neighborhood.

I look forward to viewing your photos : )

~as always, Bright Blessings

Solitary Faery
17-01-2012, 05:41 AM
Hiya! Thanks for the welcome! I'm also naturally gifted in tarot, however, I recently just kind of decided on a whim to buy a pendulum, and so here I am now, heavily interested in this skill and working on it. It's slowly emerging for me as well. I collect tarot decks as well and have been for many years - I've acquired quite a large collection actually. I don't know if you read my welcome post in the tarot section or not, but if you didn't, these are the tarot and oracle decks I've collected so far:

Oracle Decks

Angel Therapy Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue
Saints & Angels Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue
Messages From Your Angels Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue
Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue
Ascended Masters Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue
Magical Mermaids and Dolphins Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue
Magical Messages From The Fairies Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue
Healing With The Fairies Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue
The Green Man Tree Oracle by John Matthews and Will Worthington
Dolphin Divination Cards by Nancy Clemens

Tarot Decks

Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot Deck
The Renaissance Tarot by Brian Williams
Tarot of Pagan Cats by Magdelina Messina and Lola Airaghi

And these are my favorites of those:

The Renaissance Tarot by Brian Williams
The Green Man Tree Oracle by John Matthews and Will Worthington
Dolphin Divination Cards by Nancy Clemens
Healing With The Fairies by Doreen Virtue

Do you have any of these decks or have you seen them or are familiar with any of them?

Blessed be!

~~Solitary Faery~~

NOTE TO STAFF: I am NOT in any way intending to advertise or sell any products!

Blooms Bright
17-01-2012, 01:58 PM
Wow...you do have a collection!
I am familiar with a couple of your items.
Magical mermaids and dolphins ~ are some of the most beautiful oracle cards that I have seen. I also like like Creatrix anything is possible cards, by Melissa Harris.
I almost purchased Tarot of the Pagan cats ~ as I am a cat lover! But instead fell head over heels with Cat's eye tarot, by Debra m. Giving.
I have found myself using my sun & moon deck more often between the two.
However, I am continuing to search for Stick figure tarot, by Lar. It is very quirky and puts a smile on my face. Unfortunately, I believe it is out of print. Someday, it will fall into my hands : )

Thanks for sharing your list! I am going to check out some that I am not familiar with. I always enjoy a great adventure~

~as always, Bright Blessings

Solitary Faery
17-01-2012, 09:24 PM
First of all... I FOUND THE STICK FIGURE TAROT FOR YOU! There is only one available deck I could locate on the entire internet and it's on eBay. They're charging an arm and a leg for it though. I just typed in stick figure tarot on ebay's website. It's only got three days left before it goes off the site, so you might want to either buy it or contact the seller immediately. I used to be a librarian and so I have a knack for finding things, especially on the net. I could probably find another one if you would like me to continue to search... (Private message me if you'd like the direct link - I'm on newb status).

Anyway, yes, Magical Mermaids & Dolphins is really beautiful. The best ones in the deck are by Jonathon Earl Bowser. He's just this really, really incredible goddess artist. At his website (can't publish links, remember?), you can find huge versions of many of the images in that deck of cards as well as others (Doreen Virtue uses his work in a lot of her decks) and you can just right click and save them to use as desktop backgrounds and stuff. I think they're also available to be ordered as prints but I don't know as I haven't been on there in a while.

As for Tarot of The Pagan Cats... It was one of those decks that I was actually a little disappointed with. Mostly it had to do with the fact that the booklet wasn't detailed enough to really get a good interpretation of the cards, but also, the artwork just wasn't that detailed compared to Brian William's Renaissance Tarot, Aleister Crowley's Thoth Deck and The Sun and Moon Tarot (the one I'm looking at is by Vanessa Decort, actually). Some of the tarot decks by US Games just aren't very good and that was how I felt about the Pagan Cats, unfortunately. If there had just been more detailed artwork, more of a manual - maybe even a companion book, it would have been spectacular.

Then again, I'm very picky. That is why I own all these decks! Lol. I buy them and end up not liking them, or, they just don't "feel" right to me, or it takes me a while to get used to them. The Doreen Virtue Oracle Decks however, I like pretty much all of. Hers are actually a genuine collection and not just a bunch of misnomers. The tarot decks I've bought that I didn't like I usually save and give away for birthday presents and things. I think the one was most disappointed with was The Elemental Tarot by Lo Scarabeo, published by Llewellyn, US Games and also by Deep Books.

Well, I could go on forever! Use the link in my profile to email me or send me a private message (if either of those are possible as I'm on newbie status) if you want more information on that stick figure tarot I found - I think it's new, not used, too, but not sure...

Anyway, :)

Bright blessings!

Adrienne
17-01-2012, 11:10 PM
Hello Solitary Faery and Blooms Bright,

Quite the collection of oracle card decks you have Solitary Faery. I have alot of the Doreen Virtue decks too, I don't have the "Saints and Angels " deck or the " Mermaid and Dolphins " deck.

I do have Doreen's " Archangel Michael " , " Healing with the Angels " and " Angel Therapy " decks. I like them all.

Just a suggestion, or question ... you mentioned being " picky " about your cards, and not ending up liking some of them. Just curious how do you choose them in the first place ?

blessings,
Dream Angel xx

Solitary Faery
17-01-2012, 11:34 PM
Oh wow, what a question! I mean, for a person who has so many decks, right?! Lol. Healing With The Fairies (my first Doreen deck), and Nancy Clemens' Dolphin Divination Cards were sitting out on a table in a local metaphysical store (in fact, the one my teacher used to own that closed down due to the economy). I ended up buying those because I was able to check them out without just having to stare through the plastic - was able to touch, feel, look at them. For both of those I just sort of had this, "I have to have this!" feeling and they've remained two of my favorites to this day.

The Dolphin Divination Deck is actually kind of remarkable to me. They are just a single word on a round card with the back being a design of dolphins swimming through seaweed kelp in the stars. You have to actually think like or as a dolphin does to interpret the cards. Nancy Clemens works with dolphins hands-on on a daily basis and she claims to have telepathic communication with them. She states that they designed the back picture and also gave her the words for each card as well as the interpretations for the accompanying book. I am a very ocean oriented person and I surf. I think that is why this deck works for me as most people I've met have terrible difficulty interpreting anything from it. When I first bought it, it was a whim thing and I was unable to interpret it for years, really. It wasn't until I started swimming in the ocean everyday, surfing and working for dolphin and whale rights that my eyes opened to these cards. Now I understand almost every one of them instantly.

The Green Man Tree Oracle comes with a statuette of The Green Man. I actually bought that set because I wanted that clay, molded, wall hanging of the The Green Man and the cards were just a side note. I ended up really liking them though, so that was really just stumbling upon them by accident.

And my favorite tarot deck, The Renaissance Deck by Brian Williams... I used to use this tarot spread generator when I was in junior high and high school that's on a website. You pick your deck, your spread, your significator, etc. and then it literally just deals it all out random. As a kid, I used to use that and get accurate results. The cards that come up as answers have the interpretations next to them and they are the ones that come with the actual deck, the one's written by the author. So over time, I explored and tried lots of different decks and spreads on there and then finally found that every time I used a celtic cross spread of Brian Williams' Renaissance Tarot with The Queen of Swords representing myself, I'd get a dead on accurate reading. (I lived in one of those households where I wasn't allowed to have anything like tarot cards so I was stuck using randomizers on the net! Lol). As soon as I moved away from home I discovered that the deck was quite famous, has an accompanying guidebook and many other things, and, at that time I was taking art history as a minor, so I went ahead and bought the deck and then the manual and I've never deviated away from it since. I've tried other decks - even liked the art or themes so much that I hoped and hoped they'd work for me but nothing is quite as interpretable and simplistically intricate as The Renaissance Tarot. It just works for me every time and it's definitely *MY* deck :)

As for all the Doreen decks I have - I love angels and I love all her decks. They all work for me when I want to do a simple reading and so I've just continued to buy and collect the ones that interest me.

I hope that gives you some idea - at least, of what goes on in my mind when choosing decks :)

Adrienne
17-01-2012, 11:45 PM
I hope my question wasn't too overwhelming, lol ! I wasn't asking for each individual card deck, just wondering in general... if there were instances where you purchased a deck besides having it " speak to you " . Thanks for your reply.

Wow, on the dolphin deck and how you interpret them ! I would be totally lost, I have no clue how a dolphin thinks ! And I don't like to swim, so I think that deck isn't for me :D

I also really like angels and Doreen's card decks, hers are usually my first choice.

Most interesting on your Tarot deck. I don't have any Tarot decks, they seem so difficult and confusing to me.

I have a few other oracle decks by other people, when I get a chance, I will look them up and tell you about those.

Thanks for sharing ! :hug3:

Blooms Bright
18-01-2012, 01:16 AM
Thanks so much for the info regarding the stick figure tarot deck. You are right the seller is requesting an incredible price for them. However, when researching them, only 500 decks were produced. At this time I would not be able to afford to splurge on them.

You are also right regarding some of the decks, although the sun & moon ( Vanessa Decort) deck is my favorite, the booklet is useless and contains very little guidance. Had I not had experience prior to using them, it certainly would be a struggle. Definitely not for everyone.

Thank you for sharing the tid bits regarding the artist that Doreen Virtue uses. I would like to purchase some prints. I like to include art into my book.

~as always, Bright Blessings

Solitary Faery
18-01-2012, 02:03 AM
@DreamAngel Hehe, no problem. I'm very talkative and also a fast typist so sometimes I will write long responses and it's no trouble at all. As for the oracle decks, they're definitely the best to start out with prior to tarot, in my opinion. They help you get used to working with cards before you take on the more difficult task of the tarot. If/when you ever do get into tarot, it's best to get one that has an accompanying manual you can either buy separately or that comes as a package together. The little pamphlet inserts just don't provide enough information at all for a beginner, or even sometimes for someone advanced. I have bought some tarot decks that had meanings listed in the little pamphlet that were totally inconsistent with the general accepted meaning for that card in tarot as a whole. It's also nice to have someone read for you and explain what they're doing and how they're interpreting as they go along so you can check out different peoples' methods of how they interpret and then of course, see whose was the most accurate to you.

Solitary Faery
18-01-2012, 02:06 AM
@DreamAngel - oh yeah! You can also get books on the meanings of the cards that aren't aligned with any particular deck and those are good to use with those decks that have the rather useless, confusing pamphlets. That way if you really like the art on one of those decks but need something more in order to interpret their meanings, just go get a general tarot interpretation guide (aim for something 200+ pages).

Solitary Faery
18-01-2012, 02:06 AM
@Blooms Bright What book are you working on that you'd include Jonathon Earl Bowser art in?

Adrienne
18-01-2012, 04:01 AM
@DreamAngel Hehe, no problem. I'm very talkative and also a fast typist so sometimes I will write long responses and it's no trouble at all.

hee hee, nice combination :D

thanks for the extra info on the books, so far the little pamphlets have been consistent with the meanings of cards I have chosen, with my oracle decks.

Solitary Faery
18-01-2012, 04:08 AM
Yeah, oracle decks almost always have accurate booklets. I think that's because they're simpler in general and in some cases, you'd have to be a little slow to not understand the meaning because they're just so blunt, clear, simple, yet so meaningful and useful. That's why I have more oracle decks than tarot decks. I have just the one tarot that works for me, and then all my oracle decks which I just love to death. My dolphin cards would have to be... Well, I don't know. Okay, my Dolphin Divination Cards, Healing With The Fairies and The Green Man Tree Oracle are all on par because if I had to pick one of those to throw away over the others, I just couldn't pick one... Lol. Well, I'd say the fairies and the dolphins are tied more than the tree cards but only because the tree cards are a bit harder to understand. There are only 11 in the whole deck! They're based off some sort of ancient, Scandinavian runic system that was supposedly aligned with the wisdom of the trees. Sorry, that was a ramble!

Solitary Faery
18-01-2012, 04:11 AM
If you look up Dolphin Divination Cards by Nancy Clemens, you'll see that they're circular and really small. They fit in the palm of your hand. Therefore, they're practically impossible to shuffle. Recently, I found this awesome tarot deck bag that's blue with a silver dolphin on it. So I bought that and I put all the cards in there and then just mix them with my hand and ask a question and pull a card or lay out a spread if I want. The picture on the back of them is really beautiful though - and supposedly totally inspired by a dolphin who communicated the image to Nancy Clemens. It's these dolphins swimming in a circle around the outer edge of the card. The inside is black with white stars and seaweed floating through the universe.

Adrienne
18-01-2012, 04:14 AM
I have never heard of the Green Man Oracle Cards , they sound interesting seeing they are connected with Scandinavian rune system... not that they are " speaking " to me .

I have only bought maybe one or two decks that I haven't connected with, and those I purchased one for the name and the other, just because it was different. Usually the decks are " speaking " to me in one way or another, sometimes I hear Doreen in the background saying " that's the one " LOL !! just kidding ! :D

Very cool with your dolphin cards and the bag with the dolphin on it !

Solitary Faery
18-01-2012, 04:20 AM
Yeah... I swear, I have become connected with the dolphins myself now on some kind of higher level of consciousness. Since becoming so entranced with working with those cards, when I last went out swimming in the kelp beds (with a wetsuit of course - I live in northern California), I saw a pod of dolphins coming by. I was SO excited! I swam and swam and tried to catch up to them and yelled out. Finally, I just said in my mind, "I'm here," and imagined the picture on the card. Suddenly one of them make a loud clicking sound, blew air out of its blowhole and looked at me! Like, RIGHT in the eye! Then they swam off. That's the closest encounter I've ever had.

Solitary Faery
18-01-2012, 04:23 AM
But yeah, I pick my decks in the same way - they have to speak to me. Doreen's I've begun to just collect hither and thither although really the deck of her's that's "my deck," is Healing With The Fairies and Saints & Angels. The tree deck is something I've developed a liking for - like I said, I bought it for the statue it came with. The cards are neat to look at though because each tree has a face hidden in the leaves and branches that you can see if you look long enough.

Adrienne
18-01-2012, 04:31 AM
oh wow ! Close encounters of the dolphin kind ! Very cool experience with your swimming and communicating with the dolphins !

Just be careful not to go too far out in the ocean, wouldn't want you to have a close encounter with a shark ! :icon_eek:

Blooms Bright
18-01-2012, 11:18 AM
@ Solitary Faery, I keep a book a book of my readings, similar to a book of shadows. It includes photos of spreads or drawings. My interpretation, what color candle or stones were present. What question or what I am seeking. Some days the entries are very spiritual and I may add pressed flowers or add qoutes. Other days I may be confused and just jot down the results so I can revisit and process in a new light.
I also like to include new spreads that I try or have seen others use. I will include tarot reference books I use and art work the resonates with me at the time.

It is a continuous work in progress but one that I enjoy : ) I usually try to dedicate a few hours one day a week. However, I have also found myself totally engrossed and need to be redirected. LOL...

It might not be for everyone, but works for me : )

~Bright Blessings

Solitary Faery
19-01-2012, 12:04 AM
Oh, cool! I do that, too. I've got lots of books of shadows I've made over the years and they're mostly diaries of readings as well, but also recordings of spells and rituals - like you said, candle colors, poetry or songs I've written to go with the spell, crystals used, etc. I also print out goddess art, Wiccan art, Pagan art and basically anything I want to include.

Ironically, I JUST ran out of pages in a couple journals and needed something to start anew in - just for recording tarot, oracle and pendulum readings though right now. I was digging around looking for a notebook and I happened to stumble upon this little mini journal from Doreen Virtue's Candle Blessings Kit. I had no idea I had it, had never seen it before or anything. It just jumped out at me off my bookshelf! Of course, at one time I had purchased the kit it came with so it's not like it appeared out of thin air or anything.

Anyway, it's really small, but right now that's just what I want. Sort of like a little pocket book just to record my readings in. I was so happy I found it :D

Crystalline_Lilly
29-01-2012, 03:52 AM
how do I use dowsing rods and pendlumns? I am taking an interest in this area.

Solitary Faery
29-01-2012, 04:09 AM
Hiya! Well... Dowsing rods are generally used to find water, gold and oil below the ground. They're not used for divination too much as far as I know. Pendulums on the other hand are for divination. Basically, it's a weight on a chain/string of some sort. You hold it over your hand and you ask a question. If it's yes, the pendulum will swing one way. If it's no, the pendulum will swing in the opposite direction. So it's a way of getting yes/no answers. Here's a picture of what my pendulum looks like. It's rose quartz with chakra stones and the part you hold onto is a rose quartz heart:

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31fCVJGF5yL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

What the site says about what it is (maybe this will help you understand better), "With a bob sculpted from a solid piece of rose quartz and a chain decorated with beads representing the 7 Chakras, this pendulum is a wonderful piece for your divination. Rose Quartz is a crystal particularly sensitive to emotional energies, particularly those involving love and as such, this pendulum is perhaps best suited for aiding in finding answers to emotional difficulties and questions concerning love. The conical bob measures approximately 1 3/4" in length and is affixed to a chain that measures approximately 8" long, easily fitting between the fingers to sway in guidance."

However, I would check out these websites for much more detailed information than what I was able to give you here:

Basic Pendulum Dowsing http://dowsing-pendulums.com/

Pendulum Basics http://www.reiki-for-holistic-health.com/pendulum.html

Pendulum Dowsing Instructions http://diviningmind.com/dowsing-instructions.html

Pendulum Dowsing Techniques http://diviningmind.com/energy-dowsing.html

Dowsing - The Master Resource Page http://www.greatdreams.com/dowsing.htm

Dowsing With Your Pendulum http://www.greatdreams.com/penlearn.htm

Free Pendulum Dowsing Charts http://pendulumcharts.com/charts.html

There is also a REALLY great book out... It's called, "The PENDULUM Bridge to Infinite Knowing: Beginning Through Advanced Instruction Complete With Pendulum Charts" by Dale W. Olson

Hope all that helps! Also, if you have any specialized questions, just post a thread - there's plenty of people on here willing to discuss this topic and answer questions. You can also send me a private message if you like :)

Bright blessings!