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Author Topic: How to effectively ground yourself before you do a reading  (Read 381 times)

Offline Petra

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Re: How to effectively ground yourself before you do a reading
« Reply #15 on: January 12, 2019, 10:05:55 AM »
Thanks for sharing this! My spread corresponded with my chart—I’m in need of more fire and air to “unground” me or get me moving. (I have a lot of water and earth in my chart.) I suppose I’ll need to light more candles when I read and perhaps go outside more (?) for the air. Also maybe drinking something hot and/or spicy would help. I do love spicy foods!

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Re: How to effectively ground yourself before you do a reading
« Reply #16 on: January 12, 2019, 10:22:30 AM »
Thought I might as well try this as well... but I'm not sure what to make of the results. I had four bows (=wands), four vessels (=cups, including K, A), one arrow and one stone. Interestingly, I didn't remove the majors first... but none of them turned up. They know, you know...

 I guess this fits with being an Aries (Dragon in Chinese zodiac); at least the bows do, but do the vessels as well? (I know virtually nothing about astrology!) I am an initiator rather than a careful planner, but I thought I was more grounded than this suggests, and more rational. I can't help feeling uneasy treating the cards so simplistically, though, and just counting the number of each suit. If one looks at the cards themselves, then the lonely stone (=pentacle) is the 10, representing the stability of home. This is true; if I have a place to call my own, that's what matters (riches are irrelevant). Similarly, the sole arrow (=sword) is the 6, representing transition: the search for new beginnings, always looking around the corners. This is also fair; I'm always driven to stretch my field of experience.

The other suits are also pretty revealing... wands are represented by the 2, 3, 8 and 10: decision, fulfilment, hearthfire (community) and responsibility. This seems to mirror how my life has developed, in terms of my activity: starting in exploring and reaching for whatever excited me, through to mature acceptance of my role and responsibilities.

Vessels are the most intriguing one... Ace, 5 (ecstasy), 7 (mourning) and King: the meeting of opposites. I suspect this means I'm either emotionally balanced, or bipolar!  :o

Any suggestions in what I'm missing here are welcome - it's a totally new exercise for me! Thanks for the suggestion, @Raggydoll  - very interesting.

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To answer the actual question, though, I just make as if beginning meditation: breath deeply, clear my mind, and focus on what I'm hoping to  unlock. A scented candle helps me as well, but then I find the flame to be hypnotic (in a good way).

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Re: How to effectively ground yourself before you do a reading
« Reply #17 on: January 12, 2019, 02:22:03 PM »
It has been so interesting hearing everyone’s stories! Thank you all for sharing  :love: There is so much that we can learn from each other!
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Re: How to effectively ground yourself before you do a reading
« Reply #18 on: January 12, 2019, 02:51:17 PM »
My grounding before a reading is to turn off the TV.  Have either a cup of coffee or Earl Grey tea.  I light incense and/or turn on the hot wax heater.  And write out everything then shuffle and read.  When I have really big readings like the past life combo, I might draw the cards, lay the reading out, take a picture and then think about it.  I might even take a nap and sleep on it.  But after much thought then I'm ready to return to my table and do the reading.  While I'm shuffling intention into my deck it must be silent.  My son has to turn off YouTube if he's in my hearing range and no TV.  Rarely I will listen to quiet trance music but that is rare, I like it totally silent.

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Re: How to effectively ground yourself before you do a reading
« Reply #19 on: January 12, 2019, 02:56:54 PM »
This is increadibly informative. Lately I've been feeling exhausted after doing a reading, which never used to happen that I can recall. Now I see why. Absorbing other people's energies has a lot to do with this as well.

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Re: How to effectively ground yourself before you do a reading
« Reply #20 on: January 12, 2019, 03:10:05 PM »
I also want to mention that as an empat you will need some sort of coping strategies and a lot of those will be things that could worsen your sense of being ‘too grounded’. What I mean is that it’s natural for empats to want to shield themselves from the world with some sort of padding. This can present itself as carrying excess weight, always having plenty of food stored at home or even having a lot of stuff (clutter). All of these types of ‘coping mechanisms’ can make you feel weighed down and stagnant. But it’s important to not beat yourself up if you struggle with things such as being overweight or an emotional eater, or if your home is cluttered. You are really only trying to find ways to cope under tough circumstances. Just wanted to put that out there!  <3
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