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What is the Third Eye?
I get a lot of questions and inquiries about opening the third eye. It’s perhaps one of the best known of the Seven Chakras. Opening the third eye can lead to greater insight, seeing more clearly, and even psychic powers.
The third eye is associated with the pineal gland. The pineal gland is a small endocrine gland that secretes melatonin. Tucked inbetween the two hemispheres of the brain, this gland has been associated with psychic powers and mystical folklore for quite some time.
This chakra is responsible for our ability to see what may be, or to see potential. It isn’t just about seeing the future or being psychic, but seeing more deeply into present-time situations. Opening the 3rd eye can help you learn to read tarot cards, see the present experience with much more clarity, and get in touch with a deeper reality of the Universe.
Seeing with the Third Eye
Third eye sight can be thought of as another way of seeing. When we watch somebody walking, we can see several things. We see the motion of the person moving, the person themselves, and the energy being exerted. These are normal things we all can see without any extra effort.
With an open third eye, we can see the potential of the situation and where it may lead. Maybe we know the person, get a sense of their energy and movement, and/or have an intuitive feeling. We may be able to predict their route or direction.
This is not anything too far out there or strange. It’s deeply pragmatic and based in our observation. With an open chakra, we are better able to naturally see what is going to happen. The potential of the experience becomes clear, and we don’t even need to put much effort forth.
Like the sense of seeing, smelling, tasting, etc., the third eye isn’t especially active. Rather, it receives information. Just as a sound reaches our eardrums and activates the sense of hearing, potential reaches the third eye and activates the sense of seeing deeply.
Opening the Third Eye
There are many different ways to open your third eye, and some may work differently for different individuals. I wrote a post recently at https://theonlinemedium.com/open-your-third-eye/ about opening the third eye, so if you’re interested, I recommend checking it out!
10 Famous Psychics who will Amaze You
Over the years many well known psychics have amazed us, helped us, and shown us the power of their gifts. Some of these famous seers have become internationally recognized for the incredible work that they do while others have remained unknown. It is important to recognize these psychic greats because we have so much to learn from them.
10. John Holland - Gifted Medium
John is living legends as far as psychic mediums are concerned. John knew that he was different ever since he was a young child. He could feel a deeper connection to the spirit world that even then he couldn't deny. Years later, he now used the world stage to help as many people as possible reach out to someone who has passed on. He made the decision to use his gift in order to help bring others a sense of peace and closure.
9. Theresa Caputo - The Long Island Medium
Otherwise known as The Long Island Medium, Theresa Caputo is probably one of the most well known psychics in the United States. Despite the normal reality TV show drama that comes with her show, she is a talented medium and gifted healer.
Theresa dealt with crippling anxiety until she went to a spiritual healer who told her she was suppressing spirit energy. When she finally embraced her gift, she was able to communicate with those who have passed on and her anxiety went away.
8. Baba Vanga - Soothsayer Extraordinaire
Baba Vanga was a beloved Bulgarian grandmother who made a number of incredible predictions over her lifetime. Unlike other psychics on this list, she was not born with her gifts. Rather, in the early 1920's, when she was just a child, a tornado lifted her out of her house and tossed her in a field nearby. When she awakened there was so much dust in her eyes she was no longer able to physically see.
Despite her loss of sight she gained a spiritual sight. Over her lifetime many people came to her so that she would predict what their future held. Baba Vanga passed on in 1996 at age 85.
7. Uri Geller - Mystifying Telepathy and Psychokinesis
Uri Geller is an Israeli born psychic who was gifted with his abilities around age five when he had a spiritual encounter with a sphere of light. It became clear shortly after that encounter that something was different about Uri. He gained the ability to bend spoons at the kitchen table using nothing but his mind. This is something he still demonstrates to audiences to this day.
6. Allison DuBois - The Medium
You might know Allison from the hit TV show Medium where Allison demonstrated her abilities to the world. While the TV show was fictionalized it was based very closely on her life. The show depicts her assisting law enforcement with tracking criminals and solving crimes.
Allison visions come to her in dreams, which she for many years has used to help law enforcement. She is able to see both past and future and these visions are credited with helping lead to the successful convictions of many criminals.
5. Jeane Dixon - Syndicated Astrologist
Jeane is one of the most well known psychics due to her long running astrology column. She is credited with making a number of absolutely mind-blowing predictions. In a 1956 issues of Parade Magazine she predicted the assassination of precipitant JFK. Additionally, she predicted Nixon's election as well as a 1972 terrorist attack.
Jeane was a devout catholic and attributed her psychic gifts to God. Sadly she passed on in 1997 at age 93.
4. Lisa Williams - Life Among The Dead
Lisa Williams is an rewound medium who is best know for her three U.S. television shows including, Life Among the Dead, Lisa Williams Live, and Voices from the Other Side. Lisa is not the only person in her family who knew she was different, Lisa's grandmother was also a gifted medium and the two shared their experiences and visions. She has now dedicated her life to giving people readings and helping them connect with loved ones who have passed on.
3. Sylvia Browne - America's Most Controversial Psychic
Sylvia began having spiritual visions at age five but she was so young she could not make sense of them. She worked with her grandmother, who was also a medium, in order to understand what her visions meant. Although her work with law enforcement officials is well documented there have been many people in recent years who have tried to discredit her predictions.
She earns the title as America's most controversial title because a number of her predictions about missing persons cases wound up being wrong. Of course, many people who worked with her still say that she was a gifted medium and enormously helpful to them. However, it is hard to say if her abilities were genuine.
2. John Edward - Psychic Medium
One of the most famous psychics internationally is Long Island native John Edward. He is known for his multiple hit TV shows and best selling books.
It became clear to John's family at a very early age that he was gifted. John would often recount details of events or family history that happened well before he was born. His family would frequently verify his visions using family records and photos. He now uses his gifts to bring hope to people who have family members who have passed on.
1. Edgar Cayce - The First Famous Psychic
Our number one most famous psychic also claims the title for first famous psychic. Edgar was born in 1877 in Kentucky and is now often referred to as the father of holistic medicine. Like many other psychics we have listed, he became away of his gift at an early age.
Edgar would put himself into deep meditative states where he was able to have visions by connecting with the universe. He offered readings about reincarnation and healings to many people in need by tapping into this universal consciousness. Edgar passed on in 1945 at the age of 68.
Queen of Swords Tarot Card Meaning
There are many ways to interpret tarot cards and how they are interpreted often depends on the context of the tarot reading. Sometimes the card represents a part of yourself while other times it represents an important person in your life. The queen of swords is no exception. Having her in your tarot spread can point to both a hidden aspect of yourself or someone in your life.
Before we dive into how to interpret the queen of swords, let us look at how she is usually depicted. The strong and subtle queen is shown in profile sitting on a stone throne. In one hand she holds a sword that is facing upward and her other hand is outstretched with her palm facing upward. The sky above the queen is clear and blue with one single bird soaring above her head. She has a golden crown upon her head and is dressed in white robes.
Queen of Swords Meaning
It is often believed that the queen of swords represents a woman in your life or the feminine energy you posses. This person or energy is considered both powerful and inviting. Her open hand seems to beckon someone to come toward her while her sword represents her power and strength.
The clear blue sky above the queen indicates the clarity of mind that the queen has. She is able to see things as they are and offer others her insight, wisdom, and maturity. The bird soaring above the queen's head represents her ability to soar above daily challenges and use her clarity of mind to find meaningful solutions.
Additionally the robe and crown that the queen wears indicate her importance. She is not someone who can be overlooked or forgotten. When the queen appears in your life she is important and impactful.
Queen of Swords Reversed
When the queen shows herself reversed it often indicates that you are thinking with your heart or intuition rather than with a clear mind. It might mean that there is something happening in your life or with someone important to you that is making you emotional. While it can be helpful to use your heart in decision making, sometimes you need to rely on your mind.
It is also possible that the reversed queen can indicate that relying too much on cold intellect has created an imbalance. Having her upside down may mean that she has been devoid of emotion when trying to get to the bottom of an issues. This can cause its own difficulties and problems. When this is the case it indicates that you need to remember the outstretched hand of compassion.
The Queen of Swords in Love
When the queen of swords shows up in a love reading it indicates that you need to rely on someone who is clear seeing and powerful. It might mean that you need to search inside yourself for these qualities so that you can be both compassionate and decisive. It could also mean that you should turn to someone your trust for love advice who has the clarity of mind you need to help you make the best decision.
If you are learning how to read tarot you will come across many different interpretations of what this queen means when she shows up in a reading. This is because it can indicate so many different things depending on who the reading is for. Sometimes for men and lesbian women it is thought that the queen showing up in their reading means that the powerful and clear minded woman is soon to be their love interest. While for straight women it is thought to represent a part of themselves.
Whatever the case may be, it it is clear that when the queen of swords is in a love reading it is a good sign. It indicates a sense of hope that someones love life is soon to become even more clear and compassionate.
Queen of Swords Yes or No
When asking questions in a tarot reading some cards lean toward a yes answer while other cards lean toward no. The queen of swords is certainly a card that leans toward yes. With her power, clear seeing, and inviting nature she indicates a yes to the questions you might be asking.
Past, Present, Future Tarot Spread - 3 Card and 9 Card Layouts
The Past, Present, Future tarot spread is probably one of the most commonly asked-for in my online tarot readings. It's one of the first spreads newcomers to tarot reading are likely to learn, and can be incredibly useful in uncovering truths and insight.
If you're beginning to learn how to read tarot cards, the simple 3 Card Reading for Past Present Future may be the best. However, I've also included a nine card reading I use sometimes that dives a little deeper. Here, we'll look at the simplest versions of these two spreads.
3 Card Reading - Past, Present, Future
This is one of the best tarot spreads for beginners, offering perhaps the simplest look at a multi-card spread. You will shuffle your tarot cards how you do, and pull three cards next to each other as pictured. I've labeled them 1, 2, and 3 for ease.
The first card simply represents the past. If there is a specific question being asked, this may signify something to do with the individual, somebody in their life, a situation they're facing, or their spiritual realm. Obviously it depends on the type of tarot reading you are doing.
The second card is the present, showing what is going on in this moment. If the question you are investigating is one that asks for advice or suggestions, this present card in the middle may give some insight into possible courses of action in the immediate future or present moment.
Finally, there is the future card. This may be read as an outcome, or what is to be expected. Different tarot cards here may mean different things. Some cards may point toward further action, while others point toward specific outcomes.
9 Card Past, Present, Future Tarot Spread
The other layout that I love is the 9 card past, present, future tarot spread. This one is a little bit more complex, but offers a truly insightful look at the past, present, and future. Again, I numbered the cards in the photo to help explain, especially since this one is a little more complex. So shuffle your tarot cards, and let's get started!
So the first column (cards 1, 4, and 7) is the past, the second column (2, 5, and 8) is the present, and the final column (3, 6, and 9) is the future. The first row (1, 2, and 3) is the mind, the second row (4, 5, and 6) is the present situation/difficulty, and the third row (7, 8, and 9) is the strengths.
So, that may seem overwhelming, but you can get the hang of this spread. For example, card 4 is a look at the past situation, or the causes of the present situation. Card 2 is what is present in the mind right now. This is definitely a more complex tarot spread, but if you run through it a few times you will get it pretty quickly :)
King of Wands Tarot Card Meaning
The King of Wands is a tarot card that shows an upright leader, vision, and power. Like many other tarot cards, there are many ways to interpret this card when it shows. First, let's look at what is depicted traditionally on the King of Wands before diving into what it may mean.
The King of Wands depicts a king sitting in his throne holding a blossoming wand. The throne is decorated with lions and salamanders, which are symbols of strength. There's a strong theme of fire, as the color of his robes are orange and red, the salamander is a symbol of fire, and the crown symbolizes tongues of flame.
King of Wands Meaning
The King of Wands generally signifies the pure fire energy. Unlike other cards in the suit of Wands, the King is not inclined toward creativity or imagining. Instead, this is a card that shows a drive to take action and get things done. In short, the King of Wands is an action-taker.
This card signifies leadership, setting goals, and moving toward the intentions. Often, the King of Wands signifies an upcoming challenge, but one that will be handled by taking the reins and owning it. Also, other people tend to gravitate toward people with this quality, as the King knows the way and is willing to be the one to make the tough decisions along the path.
When this card shows himself in a tarot spread, it generally points toward an opportunity that is arising. Furthermore, it is an encouragement to take action when the chance comes and lead your life with intent.
King of Wands Reversed
When the King of Wands is reversed, it may mean a few things. It can point toward the oppposite qualities that the King normally displays: hastiness, impulsivity, and over-imagination without action. Sometimes, the strong personality of the King can turn from a healthy assertion to a more impulsive aggression.
On the other hand, the King of Wands reversed can mean a lack of faith in oneself. Instead of the normal King who is confident and takes action, the reversed King of Wands can show some doubt and insecurity about one's own intuition and drive. It may be a sign to trust yourself and turn toward taking action.
King of Wands Love
In a love reading, the King of Wands is an interesting card to find. When one learns how to read tarot cards, one of the first things you notice is that there is always some room for interpretation. This is certainly the case when this tarot card shows himself in a love reading.
When looking at a partner, the King of Wands can mean the person is living with these qualities presently, or will grow to have them in the future. A King of Wands makes an excellent partner, and this is generally a good sign. The King will work hard, provide for others when they need to (financially, emotionally, mentally, spiritually), and continually show up for life.
In other tarot spreads related to love or when looking at the King of Wands relationship outcome, the King of Wands may point toward your own need to take action. If you are looking at predictive love readings and the King shows himself, it signifies a need to go after what you want. Set a goal, take action, and achieve!
King of Wands Yes or No
Many tarot card readers look at the entire suit of Wands as a neutral suit. This is up to individual readings and situations, and may be interpreted differently. If there is one card that leans toward a "yes" strongly in this suit, it certainly is the King. Assertive, goal-oriented, and pragmatic, the King falls more toward the "yes" side of neutral.
How to Shuffle Tarot Cards for Your Reading
If you're new to tarot, one thing you'll certainly need to know is how to shuffle tarot cards. You really can shuffle them however you feel comfortable, but I want to offer a few common ways to shuffle tarot decks. I recommend getting comfortable with a few so you can shuffle without too much effort or issues.
If you're brand new to tarot reading, you can check out my little page and guide on learning to read tarot to help you get started!
How to Shuffle Tarot Cards for the First Time
So, you've found yourself a deck and you want to know how to shuffle tarot cards for the first time. When I receive a new deck, i usually go through it and start by just being with each individual card. When I'm ready to shuffle, I may pick from one of the methods below.
More often, I shuffle a deck for the first time by laying them out on a flat surface and literally mixing them around, much like a child might shuffle cards. It seems silly, but it allows you to see the backs of the cards and give your intuition a chance to jump in and tell you how to shuffle them. You can move the cards around for a few minutes and stack them into a pile for your tarot deck!
Methods of Shuffling Tarot Cards
There are several ways you can shuffle tarot cards. If you're first learning how to shuffle tarot cards, you probably are already aware of a few of these and how they can be useful or difficult.
1. The Traditional Card Shuffle
You've probably seen somebody shuffle regular playing cards or perhaps you know how to do so already. By splitting the deck in two, you can fan them into each other to get a good mix. With tarot cards, this may be a little more difficult due to their size. It's also important to note that this is perhaps the most stressful way to shuffle for the cards themselves.
2. The Overhand Shuffle
The overhand shuffle is a common shuffling technique and one that is pretty darn easy to do. The overhand shuffle is done by simply taking a small portion of the deck and moving it from one side of the deck to the other. It essentially is a repeated cutting. By shuffling your tarot cards like this several times over, you will get a good shuffle and mix the cards up well. This is also a useful shuffle if you want to control if cards show reversed or not. Some tarot readings don't involve reversed cards, so this shuffle can help keep your deck straight!
3. The Spread-out Pile
As mentioned before when discussing how to shuffle tarot cards for the first time, this is a pretty simple and effective way to shuffle your cards. Lay them all out on a flat surface. You can do this with the cards face-up or face-down, although I usually do it with the cards face-down. Spread them out, mix them up, and create a pile. This will create a solid mix in your deck, and is one of the best ways to truly shuffle your tarot deck. It may not be pretty all the time, but it sure works!
4. The Grand Cut
If you've had a tarot reading before, you may have seen this technique of shuffling a tarot deck before. Essentially, you cut the deck into a bunch of small piles and set them out on the table or surface in front of you. Setting the different piles out, you can pick them up in a different order. You can do this a few times to get a good shuffle, and it can be a pretty way to mix your cards up.
Spreading or Dealing Tarot Cards
How you deal your cards will depend on the tarot spread you are using for your reading. People deal tarot cards a number of ways. First, if the deck is well-shuffled, you can draw a card from the top of the deck. This is probably the most common way to deal tarot cards into your spread.
You can also fan the cards out and allow the person you are doing the reading for to pick the card. They should be face-down, of course. I do this sometimes with shorter readings and ones really attached to the individual's own intuition or sense of things.
Finally, you can set out a few piles of cards, and have the individual pick which pile they'd like to draw the top card from. If you shuffle your tarot deck, cut it into seven piles, and ask which deck they'd like to draw a card from for this spot in the tarot spraed, you will get a good mix of randomness and the person's own intuition!
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King of Cups Tarot Card Meaning
The King of Cups tarot card depicts the King sitting in his throne with a quality of calmness while the sea is turbulent around him. A fish may be found jumping in the background, and on the amulet hanging around his neck. You may also see the ship sailing across the sea behind him. Regardless of the chaos going on around him, the King sits with power and wisdom.
This is one of many tarot cards, and part of my effort to share what each of these cards may mean when pulled. If you'r interested in learning more about tarot card and their meanings, I recommend checking out this course below!
King of Cups Meaning in General
The King of Cups is a part of the suit of cups. The Cups are cards that represent emotions, love, relationships, and connection with other people. It's associated with the water element, and a symbol of fluidity and the power of healing. Generally, finding a Cups in your tarot spread is a sign of a need to connect with the heart, or perhaps the overuse of the heart.
Of course, where you find the King of Cups matters greatly. The King of Cups meaning depends largely on the situation. I'll cover a few common readings I do, and what the King of Cups may mean in each situation.
The King of Cups Timing
Depending on where in the tarot spread the King of Cups shows himself, it may have different meanings. Although the card retains a similar signficance, where it is pulled has a serious impact on what it may actually mean.
King of Cups Future
If the King of Cups is found in the future position, it signifies a coming calm and ease in one's life. It points toward the release of difficulties, emotional turmoil, and a mind/heart imbalance. Finding the King of Cups in a future tarot spread signifies a more balanced and calm future coming. This often means a resolution of problems or difficulties.
King of Cups Present
In the present place in a tarot spread, the King of Cups is telling us there is some sort of calm energy that can meet this situation with a powerful ease. It may be the individual's own balance, or somebody in their life. The King of Cups here can serve as a reminder of your own innate ability to meet the difficulties with calmness and wisdom of the heart. It may also point toward trusting somebody else who has these qualities.
King of Cups Past
When you find the King of Cups in the past, it may point toward a few things. First, it may be a reminder of the way the individual was in the past, and how their calmness impacted their experience and where they are today. The card may also be bringing up a calm person from the past that is a friend or family member. If so, the tarot card signifies a need to connect with this calmness of the person in order to progress.
King of Cups Reversed
When the King of Cups is reversed, it can mean a few different things. When the King shows himself reversed in a spread, it signifies the opposite qualities that you think of when you think of this card. A reversed King of Cups is a sign of toxicity, lack of emotional balance, and moodiness. It may be an individual who is deeply caring and loving, but falls into an emotionally controlling energy.
When reversed in a relationship or work spread, the reversed King of Cups is a sign of confusion, especially between the heart and the mind. You or the other person may be uncertain about the feelings present, experiencing lots of change emotionally, and/or falling into a desire to control the world around you.
You can check out our page How to Read Tarot Cards for my tips and suggestions on mastering the ability to read tarot cards.
King of Cups Love Outcome
The King of Cups in a love outcome can be quite interesting. As you can see in the card, there are little bits of chaos that cannot be controlled in this moment. However, there is some calm or harmony with this experience.
The King of Cups in a love reading signifies a gracious moment in a relationship. If the individual is currently in a relationship, this is a great sign. It means you can disagree healthily and work through difficulties together. If you're not in a relationship, it may point toward a readiness to connect with someone.
King of Cups Yes or No
The King of Cups is definitely a Yes. However, there's something more improtant to take note of if the King of Cups shows himself in a yes/no situation. If the King of Cups is found, it means the person already knew the answer within themselves. This can be a useful reminder to trust your own calm intuition in these times of difficulty or chaos.