The Star And The Moon: Two Important Cards In The Major Arcana

If you are learning to interpret tarot cards, then you might be focused on learning about some of the more infamous cards (The Devil, The Hanged Man), but it is important that you study and learn how to interpret all 22 cards. When you are doing a tarot reading, you cannot simply gloss over one of the cards, you need to fully understand the symbolism and interpretation of all the cards. So, while these cards might not be as exciting as The Hermit or The Wheel Of Fortune, they are still vital for your ability as a tarot reader.

The Star

The Star tarot card depicts a naked woman who is kneeling besides a pool of water. There is a large star in the night sky that is surrounded by seven smaller stars in a circle. The woman has one foot in the pool of water and one foot on shore. She holds two jugs of water. She is pouring water out of both jugs. One jug is being poured into the pool of water and the other jug is being poured onto the meadow she is kneeling on. The act of pouring water symbolizes fertility and the cycle of renewal. It is important to note that the woman not only pours water onto the land, but she replenishes the pool of water by pouring water back into it. Also note that seven stars are symbolic of a heptagram, which has religious significance to both Christians and Pagans.

If The Star is dealt upwards, then it is a positive sign. It suggests that you are in a fruitful period of your life and are creating positive energy. The energy you have and the effort you put forward into the world is returned to you and renews your spiritual growth.

When The Star is dealt reversed, it suggests that your efforts toward spiritual healing and self-improvement are misdirected. Your energy is heading off in the wrong direction.You must change your course of action less you risk wasting your efforts.

The Moon

The Moon has a similar geography as The Star: a meadow, a pool of water, and the night sky. The figures are much different, though. Instead of a bright star encircled by seven smaller stars, there is a giant moon, and instead of a woman there is a wolf and a dog by the edge of the pool, and a crayfish crawling out of the water. The moon provides a dim light, unlike the sun or stars bright light. This dim light is not enough to see clearly, in the both literal and metaphorical sense. The pool is representative of ones subconscious mind. The wolf and dog are the conscious thought coming out of the pool of the subconscious, the wolf is untamed thought, while the dog is mankind’s ability to “tame” or control the mind.

If The Moon is dealt upwards, it suggests that one is sill in a period of spiritual darkness and the path is not clear. The Moon is a card that can also impact the other cards in your reading. For instance, if the other cards dealt out have a mostly negative reading, then an upwards Moon would tell you that while things are bad, you are not seeing the situation clearly, and it is not as bad as you might think.

If The Moon is dealt in reverse, then it suggests that you have just left a situation of darkness and are moving towards self-discovery.

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Help Your Loved Ones Save Money On Your Burial And Funeral Expenses With These Two Tips

No one likes to think about their own death and what will happen to their body after that point. However, even though it might be an uncomfortable topic for you, it can be an act of kindness to consider planning some things so that your grieving family and friends have less to worry about after you have passed on. One thing that can be particularly stressful after a loved one dies is figuring out how to pay for all the different costs that arise. You can save your loved ones money if you use the following two tips when you take care of your own funeral and burial.

Write Down What You Want

It is very easy for your loved ones to feel guilt, sorrow and other feelings that lead them to choose the most expensive casket or buy an enormous amount of flowers for your funeral service. This can cause them financial hardship, but they may feel as if they are doing you a disservice if they don’t go out of their way to spend a lot of money.

To help them stop this kind of emotional spending, sit down and take time to detail what exactly you want to happen and what kind of things you want them to buy. This will give them a framework to work with, and they will feel better knowing that they are doing what you wanted them to do. That can help alleviate any guilt they have as they make arrangements.

Choose a Cemetery Plot

If your family does not have a specific place where everyone is buried, not only can you save your family time, but a lot of money if you spend some time searching for your final resting place. Different locations have different costs that go beyond a simple burial fee. For instance, a particular cemetery might charge your family maintenance costs that cover leaf removal and grass cutting.

You may also need to inquire about how large your grave marker can be; some places only allow markers of a certain height. This can help you save money as well; if you find a cemetery you think is appropriate, you need to ensure that you don’t overspend on a grave marker that cannot be used on the site. For more information on grave markers, visit a stone company such as Palmer Bros Granite Co.

With these tips, you can ease some of the stress on your loved ones after you have died. Consult a funeral director for more help; they can help you to be confident that you’ve taken care of things so that you can continue helping your loved ones even after you have passed away.

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Taking Over A Small Christian Bookstore? 4 Tips So You Can Be Successful

Opening a Christian bookstore takes a lot of hard work, especially with the amount of people using eBooks that are able to make quick purchases. It can be challenging if you are purchasing an already established bookstore if you want things run differently. Below are some tips you should consider to help you get started.

Write a Budget

To be successful, you need to sit down and write a store budget and stick to it throughout the year. Write a budget for each month of your monthly expenses. You should also write an inventory purchasing budget. Because you are purchasing a used bookstore, you should have previous year’s data to help you when preparing your budget. If you are having problems, hire a financial advisor to get you started on the right foot. After that, you may be able to take over and do everything yourself.

Advertise

Even if the bookstore already has established customers, you still need to advertise. Some of those customers may not come back once the bookstore takes on new ownership. Ask your church if you can hang an advertisement there. Make it plain and simple. People at church are not looking for something flashy with bright colors. A white background with white lettering is easy on the eyes. You could add one or two small graphics. You could also add your favorite Bible verse. Put your advertisement around town where you can.

Buy the Books and Merchandise

The books are the most important thing for your store. How many you need depends on how many books the store already has. You may want to replace run down looking books or add some new titles.

You can save money by purchasing books in bulk. You can find companies online that sell Christian books in this way. This is also better for the environment. This is because you are having your books shipped all at one time, which reduces the amount of gas emissions. You can save money by purchasing used Christian books.

Besides books, attract customers by offering other merchandise. You could sell t-shirts, keychains, music CD/DVDs, children’s toys, and much more.

Make it Comfortable

Put a table with comfortable chairs in your bookstore as a place for people to sit and read. Have coffee, other drinks, and snacks available to purchase. Sit big pillows on the floor for the kids to sit on. People may spend more time in your store because of this, which means they may purchase more from you.

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Tips For Joining A New Church Community

If you switch churches, chances are good that you are going to feel adrift for a time. You might feel as though you don’t know anyone at the church and you haven’t quite found your niche yet. This can be an uncomfortable feeling. Luckily, if you have chosen a church that has a strong sense of community, you will be able to join that community relatively quickly if you follow these few simple tips.

1. Get Involved

Don’t just go into the church and sit the pews every Sunday or whatever church schedule works best for you. This is a great way to hear the liturgy but it’s a lousy way to actually get involved in the community itself. In order to fully join a community, you will need to actually get involved in the service that the church does. If the church runs a community meal once or twice a month, consider signing up for a short shift. If the church needs people to help organize their food drives or simply wants people to help clean up the church grounds, consider signing up for that ministry. Join the choir. See if you can act as an altar server. Do whatever you need to do in order to talk to more people than just the people you greet before the Sunday service.

2. Have People Over

Once you have a few friends and a few phone numbers, start having people over your house. It doesn’t matter how large or fancy your house is. Having people over is the ultimate sign that you trust them and and will encourage those you trust to give you trust in return. This is absolutely critical because you are more able to have deeper, more involved conversations with people at your house that might not happen within the church walls and can build a stronger sense of community.

3. Don’t Let Yourself Quit or Not Do It

Regardless of whether or you are having people over your house to read the Bible and eat a meal or going to a service opportunity, you want to be sure that you actually follow through on your commitment. It’s common for you to not feel like making this commitment, especially after a long day of work. However, if you are able to push through this resistance, you will often emerge from these experiences feeling as though your soul is refreshed and you are ready to take on the rest of the week.

To find your new religious community, talk to your local Christian church.

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