Tarot cards, Oracle cards, Fairy cards, Healing cards, Playing cards, whichever type of cards you want to play with, it’s essential for you first to learn how to prepare yourself energetically before your reading.

This practice will give you such a strong foundation and head-start in this fantastic field. In this episode, I will share some powerful tips to get you started to gain the confidence you need.

Years and years ago, when I first started playing around with tarot cards, I was drawn in by the art. If the deck had incredible images, I wanted it!! I didn't even know if I was going to use the deck -- I was simply inspired. And before I knew it, I had filled my shelves with all sorts of tarot decks.

But what I found interesting was that I lacked trust in using these divination tools.

It didn’t matter how many decks I pulled out that told me the exact same message over and over again - I just didn’t believe it. I constantly doubted myself. And when I did a reading for a friend, I felt shy and insecure about sharing the download I was getting. I wasn’t sure if the messages were my mind, from my ego, or just my thoughts giving this advice. I was overwhelmed.

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In this post, I will share some tips and tricks to get you ready to perform a tarot reading, so you don’t have to experience what I did. This way, you can start to get out of your own way. Once you begin to get this practice down, it will give you the confidence to trust yourself and your process.

Also, if you are interested in a step-by-step guide to teach you tarot card reading, I created a detailed course for my mystical members.  In the course videos, I lay out all the steps that are easy for you to follow. Because if you are anything like me, I like bite sizes. Just spoon-feed me, please! You can go at your own pace or dart around to the different sections that excite you. I broke down each card’s meaning and created printable worksheets for you too! I also have diagrams with step-by-step instructions on how to layout the cards. 

I’m talking step by step here!

Soon you’ll have the confidence to start reading and trusting your process. I’m also going to do live workshops with my members so that you can practice in a safe, loving environment, with like-minded people, because we all need our peeps!

Now, I do have to warn you -- this work will ignite your other gifts -- your superpowers, your clairs, even your healing skills are going to get stronger. All right, I’m getting a little too excited again.

Let’s get back to getting you ready to read tarot cards. Here are a few tips.

How to Prepare for a Tarot Card Reading

Don't want to read an entire blog post? Watch this video to learn how to prepare yourself before you start using Tarot Cards for yourself or your friends.

Tip # 1: Find a sacred space

First, you're going to want to find a time and a place where you can practice these techniques with no one up in your grill. Cause once you tap into this incredible high frequency, you're going to be a magnet, especially if you have kids.

On a side note, if you do have kids, and they are going to be around. All I have to say is, “Hey guys! I’m gonna be up in the laundry room if you need me. Come on up and help me fold clothes if you’re not busy.” 

( OK, that tip, that’s bonus material. You’re welcome.)

Tip #2: Use your Intention

Let the universe know that you want to do a reading. This not only helps you to create the space, but it also helps you to access your mystical side. With your intention set, you are making it clear to your DNA, to your body, to your mind, and your spirit that you are shifting gears.

Tip #3: Externals

You can also use one of my favorite acting tools: externals. Externals are a simple tool that helps you to shift your “leading centers” so that you begin to move in new ways. Leading Centers are those parts of your body that you use to first engage with your environment.  Externals are a fun one to play around with. To make it simple, become aware of what part of your body crosses an imaginary line first. For example, when you walk, is it your forehead, your knees, or your hips? Once you know, then try something new. It will help you to bring in a new energy. Then ask yourself, “how does this new part of you sit?” Next, try sitting in a particular position that elicits this part of you. Then use the same position every time you read, you’re letting your body learn when I sit here, or in this position, I allow this new energy to come through and do my readings.

Tip #4 Be kind to yourself

Listen to that voice that you use when you're uplifting and supporting your friends. Let yourself know that you are doing a great job! And that you are worthy of this high-frequency vibration that is full of knowledge and love! 

Tip #5 Meditate

Meditation is a wonderful tool to help access this energy and clear your mind of crappy thoughts. If you want some help, I have plenty on my website, from guided meditations to sound frequencies. Again, do what resonates with you.

Tip #6: Preparation … not the cream…

Give yourself at least 25 minutes to prepare your energy field before a reading.

I suggest grounding, then centering yourself. You’re getting the energy flowing in all your chakras, especially your heart and third eye. Last but not least, surround yourself with white light. You can use a Mantra, thanking your guides for helping you to open up and connect to this incredible frequency. If you need help, you can watch my other videos or go to my website.

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Tip #7: Get your clairvoyant juices moving.

This is where you want to create a reading screen for yourself. I like to tap into my Alta Major chakra, which is at the back of your head at the base of your skull, as well as my third eye for this tip. 

Just writing about it, I can feel the back of my head tingling, and this time it’s not because I left my vibrator under my pillow.

So first, I create a screen at the back of my brain, like a mini tv.  Then I bring energy into my screen and ground it. It’s like you're plugging it in. Now I’ve created a space where I can see my downloads. Again, it’s like I’m watching tv.

Tip #8: Boundaries

It’s essential to set your boundaries before a tarot reading so you know where your energy ends and where your client’s energy begins. Sometimes even before I shuffle the cards, I will start to get downloads of information. Then when I see the cards, it all makes sense.

So I hope that these tips can help you gain the confidence you need to trust your process. And if you would like to have me guide you through this process, become a member today and join my mystical circle. You won’t regret it!

Remember, you're not your body

You're not your thoughts

You are light

Until next time,

I’m Marisa Grieco, Your Mystical Guide.

Let’s talk about channeling.

For me, I realized I had begun channeling years ago when I was working with a friend. Understand that channeling is not that thing you see in the movies where someone gets possessed by an entity and starts climbing the walls. Believe me, I’ve tried.

It’s not like that at all.

For me, when a friend and I were discussing a problem that he or she had, I would pause, take a deep breath, release any tension, and then I would begin sharing what I was thinking about their issue.

I thought it was all me.

My energy was calm and caring, but the minute they interrupted me and started talking, I would suddenly come out of my trance. The weird part was, I couldn't repeat what I had just told my friend. It was like I forgot what I had said.

That was always awkward for me. I used to think,

“How can I forget something so fast?”

“What’s wrong with me?” 

But now, after all this work, I realize that the information came through me for my friend. The message wasn’t meant for me, that’s why I couldn’t remember it. 

I believe this is where the saying, “just get out of your own way” comes into play. Not that I had a choice. I don’t let my logical mind fight it. I set my ego aside and channel the information. Whether it’s your higher self coming through, or a spiritual guide, or angel, or whatever you want to label it; don't have it go through the logical limited mind and just open up the floodgates to let the good come through.

When we are open like this, we can download such amazing information.

But how do you know if it’s your logical mind or something else?

This is where discernment comes in. You may want to unlock this superpower so badly, but you have to be honest with yourself and know when your ego is talking.

One way that I can tell when my advice is coming from my limited mind, or my ego, is when the information gets filtered through all my old programs. Or, the information feels bumpy, forced, and slow. It kind of feels like it’s not coming from a clear place.

For example, if you have a friend that wants relationship advice but she goes to a friend that is constantly in bad relationships, then the advice she receives will be very different from someone that has been in a long-term, loving relationship. In fact, both friends, if they don’t step aside from their ego, can taint the information as they filter it through their own experiences.

As with everything I do on this site and my channel, it’s all about gaining awareness. Awareness of what you're already doing but may not understand it. With this awareness, you can start to own and use your own gifts. There is nothing to fear here, we’re just turning the lights on. 

So what the heck is channeling?

The art of channeling has been used since ancient times. There are stories of shamans, witches, oracles, connecting to higher levels of energy.  But really, anyone can channel, and I’m going to show you how.

Channeling is about opening yourself, your mind, and your heart up to higher levels of energy to let it convey through you.

How to Start Channeling

Before you start channeling, let me share how I discovered what channeling truly is and some tips that helped me get better at it.

Watch the video instead of reading the blog if you like!

It’s not to be confused with mediumship. With mediumship, you’re acting as more of a translator and you often don’t let them take over your body. It’s more like you're an interpreter - whereas when you’re channeling, you’re allowing an energetic being to take over your body. It’s kind of like you move to the side and let them take center stage.

Remember, it’s your body so you are always in charge of who can come in and how long they can stay. 

Some of these beings can be spirits, angels, archangels, even a guide. Now, discernment is important once again. So, if it doesn't feel good to you, you don’t have to let it in. Just like you wouldn’t let a creepy stranger into your house, you don’t have to let them in your body. The power is always within you.

Channeling. This is not a sex-ed class.

Slowly raise your frequency and meet with the vibrations of the spirit, angel, or whichever higher being that you sense. When that link is made, you may try channeling! 

Easy, huh? 😉

Wait there’s more.

You might allow this being to speak through you or you may convey what you are witnessing. You might experience automatic writing or drawing. Maybe this being wants to play an instrument or dance. It really depends on what you're comfortable with.

The cool thing for me is that I get to experience something new. It’s like looking at life with a new pair of glasses on, helping to take you out of that automatic one way of being.

Next is Trance channeling, but I’ll save that for another blog and video for my mystical members. IF you want to dive deeper into this them become a member, you won’t regret it. I guarantee it!

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So these are just some suggestions to get you started with channeling. It’s exactly how I did it. 

Remember, to be patient with yourself and have fun. You want to keep your energy bright and light. You may actually learn that you’ve been channeling energies all along. Whether that’s while you're at work, or in difficult situations, coming up with ideas, maybe creativity just flows through you, like writing music. Again, there is nothing to fear. You're just waking up to what’s already happening, and giving you the awareness to say no to a lower frequency.

And remember, you are not your body, you are not your emotions, you are light!

Until next time,

I’m Marisa Grieco Your Mystical Guide

This post is all about learning how to use divination tools. From pendulums to tarot cards, we will go over what they are and how they can assist you in tapping into your superpowers. 

When I first started this journey many years ago, I was attracted to learning and having anything mystical. I bought crystals, wands, feathers, staffs, rattles, drums, pendulums, tarot decks--anything that I thought would bring me closer to this invisible veil. Anytime I could travel, I would meet with a shaman, a medicine woman or man, a healer, a psychic, a mystic, or even a mambo. I wanted to learn how they tapped into the quantum field. What was their secret? What were the most used divination tools?

To my surprise, some just used household items, while others had purchased or made extravagant tools. It didn’t seem to matter though. They all seemed to work. Why? Intention, belief, focus, and power. 

This is the most important formula when using your divination tools. Not how much they cost, or where you got them from. The power is within you. To find the tool that gets you excited, and have fun exploring. I’m going to list a few just to get your feet wet. If you want to learn more you can always pop over to my website.

How To Choose the Right Divination Tool for You

There are so many different divination tools out there. I know I bought them all but you don't have to. Join me as I share how I selected what was best for my practice.

What the heck are Divination tools?

That’s right...I called them tools because that's what they are.

Just like a carpenter uses his hammer, or a plumber uses a wrench, Mystics use divination tools. These are just different ways to help you feel confident in expressing what you are already picking up. Remember the real magic is inside of you.

PRO TIP: Create a sacred space, have a ceremony or a ritual--this will help you transition from your muggle self into a wizard. 

I need my ritual to help me transition. If I don’t, it feels like I’m going to work in my pajamas. I need that time to transition and bring out my higher mystical pants--I mean parts. 

When you first begin your journey, you may feel drawn or connected to using certain tools. From pendulums, runes, tea leaves, tarot cards, your Nonnas holy water, or her collection of saint cards. Do you remember which card helps you to find lost things? ( It’s Saint Anthony - do I look new to you. 🙂 Some people collect hockey cards. My nonna had her saints.  Now, you can see there are many, many more divination tools and we'll look at some of these in our post. You may find that you’re more gifted in one method than another. Use what works best for you and your abilities. And remember, be kind with yourself just like with any other skill set, this is gonna take some practice.

The Pendulum

This is probably one of the easiest tools to use. It's a simple matter of asking "Yes" or "No" questions and receiving answers. The message you receive depends on how the pendulum swings. The trick is learning to ask the right questions. 

Now, when you first get your pendulum, you can train it to show you what each direction means. You can also do this by creating a chart, or by asking your pendulum to show you. For me, I like “yes” to swing forward and backward, and “no” to be side to side. I also do clockwise for “yes” and counterclockwise for “no”.

I will sometimes use my pendulum during a tarot reading to double-check if a card is correct. I place my pendulum over the cards and if I get a no I’ll pull the card and get another one.

My dad would make his own pendulum using just a needle and thread. This was the divination tool that he would use when someone was pregnant in order to find out the sex of the baby. He would put the needle in front of the belly and watch the way it would swing. From there he would declare the sex. The cool thing is he was always right. I loved watching him do it. 

Runes

It’s been said the Runes are actually one of the oldest divination tools, dating all the way back to 800 A.D. There are 24 runes, each with a related letter of the runic alphabet, with different meanings depending on the way they are cast. I like to use one rune at a time just to keep things simple. First, I settle my mind, then I ask my question -- clean and clear. I’ll pop my hand in my magic pouch and pull out a rune. Then I look up the meaning. When you buy a set it usually comes with a little booklet. Or, if you’re a member, I have a beautiful printout for you on my website.

Reading Tea Leaves

Reading tea leaves has been around since the 17th century. I personally don’t read tea leaves, but in the past, I’ve gone to see European mystics that use this as their divination tool. I really enjoyed the whole ceremony of reading tea leaves. I mean, I get to drink something and have my future read. It’s a win-win.

The reader makes a cup of tea, pours out the extra liquid, and turns the cup upside down to read what she sees. 

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Tarot Cards

I’ll often use tarot cards before a healing session with a client to give me an idea of what’s happening in their life. I use them more as a guideline map instead of a prediction or a fixed future. I believe It’s something that can be changed, especially after an energy healing. You're upgrading your energetic blueprint. For example, If you feel like you are only worthy of crappy relationships then that’s what your cards are going to keep saying. And that's what you're going to keep doing until YOU change.

Now the easy way to get started with the tarot is having fun! Let loose, bring out your intuition. 

Hold your deck of cards in your hand, ask your question, and trust your superpowers (a.k.a. your psychic gifts). Place the cards in front of you, then scan the cards with the palm of your hand. Notice if you have any tingling in your palm, or perhaps you get chills. That’s your clairs working. Pull that card and see if the message resonates with you. You can look up the meaning or use your intuition and see what you pick up for yourself.

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Now, there are a lot of different styles of decks. Again, pick the one that resonates with you. When you first start out I do recommend the Rider Waite deck of cards. The Tarot deck is usually made up of 78 cards, You have the major arcana and the minor arcana. That includes four suits, they are the wands, swords, cups, and coins or pentacles. 

It can be pretty overwhelming when you're first starting out. So I put together a mini-course to help you learn in a fun and easy way. Remember, work at your own pace.

Now there are many divination tools. I enjoy these ones but find the ones that light you up. Remember the answers are already within you, so don’t get caught up in feeling like you have to memorize everything when you start. These are just tools to unlock your gifts and give you the extra confidence to get them out. 

Remember you are not your thoughts, you are not your emotions, you are light. So, stay bright!

Until next time, I’m Marisa Grieco, your Mystical Guide.

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