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It's a funny card, this 4 of Swords. At first glance I thought, this poor, exhausted knight, sleeping in the sanctuary of his beloved and trusted church is going to be killed by his swords. I always imagined this would be a very unpleasant occurrence for a knight who apparently has faith in his work and trust in his God.
Then, I looked at this card. I began to examine the surroundings of this knight, the colors of his bed, his clothes, his surroundings. The incredibly beautiful symbolism of this card. What was the actual meaning conveyed in this pure artistry?
Of course, I could look the meaning up in my handy dandy library of tarot books or on the numerous sites available on Google, but alas,
I don't do easy.
It is a curse as well as a gift this "take the long way home" brain of mine.
Where a dull pencil and ruler would result in one nail hole to hang a picture, I choose to make roughly six nail holes.
When using GPS would make for a more comfortable trip, I decided to take numerous paths just to make sure I know all the ways to get there...
I decided to absorb all this card was saying to me over the course of a few days.
Thinking over and over and over about the meaning and how it would portray in my life and the lives of others.
Each client became the sleeping knight.
I wondered what would make someone sleep, in a church, on a golden pillow, below a beautiful stained glass window with swords over his head.
Maybe he's dead.
What is he thinking?
He's NOT thinking.
He's NOT praying.
He's NOT sleeping.
He's NOT under his swords.
He's NOT dead.
He's RECHARGING his soul.
The Knight has absolute faith in his souls work and while all souls are meant to thrive there is an element of struggle and battle.
You are a soul having a human experience.
You know this, you preach this, the knight never forgets this.
The knight places his swords on the wall of his temple. He rests on the bed he has created in his temple.
He places his one golden sword beside him while he lies contentedly, prayer hands, face up, in the golden glow of Angels and Illumination.
He knows that it is in these times of complete faith, he will know his next step. He meditates in the Cathedral of his soul. Aligning himself with all that is and all that will ever be.
Yes! Of course.
The 4 of Swords reminds us to put down the swords.
The battle well fought and the victory sweet.
The time now is to rest, recover, rejuvenate, grow.
This card reminds us that, in the words of my Spiritual teacher, Michael Bernard Beckwith,
We are at a choice-point in every moment of each circumstance, each activity, spoken word, and thought.
Do we live in a minefield or a garden?
When we live in a minefield mentality, we explode with the weeds of worry, doubt, fear, lack, and limitation.
We must choose to cultivate our inner garden.
We must stop looking outside for help. We are sourced and fuelled and funded by a renewable resource, which is within us.
It never runs out.
It is the Essence of our lives, and the universe corresponds to the nature of our song.”
Go within now.
Have faith in all that is and all that will be.
Allow your soul's growth to take form in whichever way it shows itself.
Align yourself with your SOUL-self.
Do it now.
Jennifer Belanger is an
~Intuitive Tarot Reader~ Medium~
~Certified Chakra Therapist~
~Certified Energy Therapist~Licensed Massage Therapist~EFT Practitioner
who specializes in Body and Soul Therapies
If you would like to work/consult with Jennifer please
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"Why is my neck not getting any better?"
"I can't keep my shoulders down!"
"This pain is starting to kill me."
Yeah, I know.
My hands need some ice and love from all these necks and shoulders visiting my table.
"So, what more are you doing for yourself other than a massage?"
"What can I do? If you can't fix this problem, then no-one can."
"Let's examine what is happening or has happened in your life that could be a factor in your muscles."
This conversation is almost daily in my practice.
It is a double-edged sword for a massage therapist.
Yes, we love working on those tight muscles and would be standing in the unemployment office if we didn't have clients with "issues in their tissues," but we also want to see our clients be pain-free as well.
At this point, is where our life and our muscles meet.
When the soul is ignored long enough, it starts speaking with pain.
Continual pain that is not from a recent injury or response to a specific situation, sleeping on the couch, painting a ceiling, outdoor activities, etc. are most likely responses from years of pent up emotional pain. Pain that you are now facing but are not able to escape from are emotions that have nowhere to express themselves, or worse, being ignored.
A person who has had a traumatic, difficult, angry childhood will be more likely to have low back pain, where the Root and Sacral Chakras are located.
Our Root Chakra and Sacral Chakra represent the "Who am I and Where do I belong to my tribe?" that we learn from birth into our early teens.
When this Chakra isn't functioning correctly, the pain will become present.
A person who has mid back problems will in many cases be suffering from a broken heart or have a lack of self-worth.
The "being kicked in the gut" feeling causes a ton of mid back and stomach area pain.
Hello, Solar Plexus, are you talking to me?
Those who have neck and shoulder problems were very likely not heard as children and young adults were not respected for their words or felt silenced in some way.
When the Throat Chakra is not functioning well, teeth, neck, shoulders, sinus', chest pain will become a chronic issue.
What are your thoughts saying to you?
Are you or someone else pounding something into your head?
Your Third Eye is looking for some attention.
Did you ever wake up with excruciating pain in your hip for no reason? What are you holding back? Where are you unable to move forward or who/ what are you unable to walk away from?
Knee pain? "Are you becoming stuck?" "Where do you to become more flexible?"
Are your eyes tired? Dry? Itchy?
"What are you not seeing?"
"Where are you not looking or looking?"
These are just a few examples of how chronic pain is an expression of Soul.
The Soul will continue to express itself to you; you must continue to learn and grow.
Growth is why we are humans.
Why we are Souls incarnate into a human body.
Our body temple and our Soul will always work together to bring about our highest self.
No matter how much it hurts.
Jennifer Belanger is a
Certified Chakra Therapist~
Energy Therapist~Licensed Massage Therapist
who specializes in Body and Soul Therapies
If you would like to learn more about the Chakra/Muscle/Soul Connection
and how to break through chronic pain
Schedule your appointment at
Sunday brings us the Knight of Cups,
With all his lovely energy, the Knight of Cups reminds us that nothing, and I mean nothing, is more worth fighting for than love. Love flowing through us is as important as the blood flowing through our veins. As a matter of fact, love is the blood flowing through our veins. It is what keeps us breathing, what keeps us passionate, excited, happy, moving, alive. Love is who we are and Sunday we will know be reminded of this.
Question: How do you give and receive love?
Do you recognize love around you and within you?
Monday brings us the 10 of Cups.
Oh, what a wonderful day filled with joy, peace, laughing and happy children, rainbows glowing down on us, love filling the air. All of our dreams, hope and desires have been met and we are feeling pretty fulfilled. Enjoy this energy. It doesn't come often, but when it does, man oh man is it a wonderful world!
Question: How can you allow yourself to overflow with joy?
What part of this joy did you partake in?
Tuesday brings us the Magician.
What kind of magic will; you inspire today? Will you finally learn to balance yourself in all elements of the Universe? Will you learn that your emotional, physical, mental, spiritual, earthly you is all you will ever need to live a magically inspired life? The Magician brings new ways of making life work. Your life work. Using all the tools in which he was born with, the Magician show us that infinite life is possible on Earth as it is in Heaven. This is the day to manifest your vision to life? You have to BE it to SEE it.
Question: How are you using your innate gifts to create your vision?
Do you manifest your life or do you allow others to manifest for you?
Wednesday brings us the Fool.
With all this love, the happiness, this new found knowledge of all we are is within us, we are ready to embark on a new path. A path in which we may not know where we are headed or what we will find, but we have all we need in our little red pouch to set us on a grand adventure. Today we take a step into the unknown fearlessly and effortlessly.
Question: Where are you headed today?
Are you filled with fear or are you the glorious fool who knows nothing can stop him?
Thursday brings us the King of Wands.
This King is all about action. Inspired action. He knows that whatever the problem, whatever the issue it can be solved by right action. He knows that in order to live a life worth living you must not only look for opportunities, you must act on them. This is the day to "grab the bull by the horns and move forward."
Question: What have you decided to DO?
What are you now growing in your life?
Friday brings us the Queen of Wands.
The Queen tells us to nurture our ideas with action and thought. She reminds us that in the light of day we can see growth, but her black cat reminds us that growth also happens in the dark. We need light and dark to be in perfect balance. Use your alchemy skills to blend and balance.
Question: Do you have a good balance between work and play?
Do you take the time to nurture your dreams and blend them with your daily activities?
Saturday brings us The High Priestess
This is the card of mysteries and intuition. This card tells us it is time to use our intuition, our gifts, abilities, spirituality to round out this week of movement and manifestation. Continue to follow your instincts, your soul. Continue to meditate, imagine, manifest, move, do and create with love the life you alone chose to live.
Question: What do you intuitively know is in your highest and best good for you right now?
What mysteries are within you that are seeking to emerge?
The Week ahead in Tarot
Monday the Page of Pentacles tells us it is time to actively prepare for the week ahead and beyond. Use this young energy to imagine your week as well as your future and plant those seeds! This is the Law of Attraction Card. “ You have to be it, to see it.”
Question: "What would I like my life to look like one year from today and what do I need to "see" and "plant" to be it?"
Tuesday tells us with the Ace of Cups that you are pouring over emotionally and it is all good! Give and receive love today. It’s the beginning of a happy, joyous time to open up those feelings again.
Question: "How have I been closed up, emotionally and what will I now open my heart to?"
"What am I requiring to feel fulfilled emotionally?"
Wednesday tells us to put those wands down. Nothing is ever productive from the 5 of Wands until someone says no more. Today is your NO MORE day. Walk away. It is not worth the constant battle.
Question: "What situations no longer work for me in my life and what am I now willing and able to walk away from?"
Thursday comes with a teaching moment. Listen to the wise guidance of the Hierophant who will steer you right. If you need legal advice, financial advice, career advice, spiritual or love, this is the day to seek and listen.
Question: "What is it I am listening to?" "Is it nurturing? Calming? Abusive? Angry? Happy? Helpful?"
"Is the advice I am receiving for my highest and best good?"
"Is the advice I give for the highest and best good?"
Friday brings us Justice. All that planning, all that love, walking away from the fight, listening to the wisdom of another culminates in a fair and balanced outcome and future. Justice is here to tell us we may love it or hate it, but it will be fair.
Question: "Where do I need to have fair, just, right and balanced circumstances in my life?"
Saturday sparks our creative energy with the Page of Wands. This is the perfect time to bring forth your inner confidence! You know that phrase “fake it ‘till you make it?” Yeah, you’ve got this! Get that orange cape on and be center stage today!
Question: "How can I bring creativity, confidence, "swagger" into my life today and always?"
Sunday brings balance to us in a beautiful way. We find peace in ourselves, in our relationships, in our careers, in our home, in all areas of our lives. The Two of Cups could take the form of a new partnership/love as well, but based on the weeks cards, I believe it is an amazingly peaceful balance within yourself as well as your outward life.
Question: "Am in harmonious with myself?"
"Where in my life should I use love to bring about harmonious partnerships?"
It is going to be a very productive week with much positive movement, much love, much understanding, much activity, much peace of heart and justice for all.
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Wondering what early Spring has in store for us?
Me too, so I asked the Tarot!
The Queen of Swords is telling us that it is time to cut through any drama, any worries, any issues that are holding us back from living our truest potential.
The Queen of Swords uses intellect in all she does and inspires us to remove the emotion and embrace the intellect. She is sassy, she is brilliant, she is a puzzle solver, she is a visionary and she could care less about what anyone thinks and never, ever will let anyone get in her way.
She is focused on the Ace of Cups which tells us that a new love, not necessarily a personal love, but a beginning of something that we "fall in love with" causes us to overflow with passion, inspiration, excitement, and wonderment of what could be.
This could take form in a new relationship, new career, new home, new move, new idea, new anything that sets our hearts on fire and gets those emotional juices of creativity moving.
This hand that offers us this new passion is also guiding us to take the first step into whatever brings you alive.
This is the hand of the Universe, my friends, and when the Universe hands you a cup, you drink from it!
The 9 of Wands is also facing the Ace of Cups.
This fine gentleman has seen his fair share of the battle.
He's been through it and he has won or at least is still standing. He is now ready for a change.
He is ready to leave the craziness behind him.
He is going to embrace his inner Queen of Swords, drop his stick, take some aspirin for his headache, or better yet, get a Chiropractic adjustment and Massage and go move towards the Universal Cup of Happiness!
Wands are action cards that are also Spring timing, so take action, cut through the fear with that sword and grab hold of this new opportunity that is being offered to you.
The time for planting seeds of change is now!
Happy Spring, everyone. See you when the sprouts appear.
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The winds of Spring are coming in, and so are the questions regarding love.
Will I find love?
Will love find me?
What does my love life look like?
What is that song?
"Love is a many splendor thing."
"Love is a many splendored thing
It's the April rose that only grows in the early Spring
Love is nature's way of giving a reason to be living
The golden crown that makes a man a king
Once on a high and windy hill, In the morning mist
Two lovers kissed, and the world stood still
Then your fingers touched my silent heart and taught it how to sing
Yes, true love's a many splendored thing...."
A Sinatra classic. He sings it here.
I've always been drawn to "Where do I begin?"
Theme from a Love Story?
Yes. A real tear jerker.
"Where do I begin?
To tell the story of how great a love can be
The sweet love story that is older than the sea
The simple truth about the love he brings to me
Where do I start?
How long does it last?
Can love be measured by the hours in a day?
I have no answers now but this much I can say
I'm going to need him 'til the stars all burn away
And he'll be there...."
I love the music,
I love the sentiment.
Love is a story that changes.
Where do I begin?
Tarot tells us the story of love.
It can tell us about the new love that comes with the Ace of Cups.
The simple union of love in the Two of Cups.
The fiery passions that consume us as depicted with The Lovers.
The devastation of love gone in the Five of Cups.
Everlasting love in the Six of Cups, boredom in the 4 of Cups.
Don't get me started on the Swords and love.
Sometimes we ride the winds of Cups.
Sometimes our hearts get diced by the Swords.
Sometimes we embrace our inner Wands and fight to the bitter end, and sometimes we lose our way in the Pentacles.
More often than not, we have a taste of it all.
The highest ups, the lowest lows and the stable in-betweens weave through our relationships causing the story of love to change.
How do we deal with it all?
That is another Tarot story....
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When I was first studying to be a Massage Therapist, about a million years ago, I mentioned to my instructor I had been seeing a lot of left shoulder injuries which struck me as peculiar, as my left shoulder too was acting up.
She reminded me when therapists see a lot of the same injuries occurring in multiple people, it is a signal to pay attention to our own bodies as typically we are or will soon have a similar type of injury.
I chuckled and brushed it off as a bit of silliness, not really giving that statement much of my time.
I was young, I was beginning a new career, raising a family, fixing muscles and icing my left shoulder. Often.
Fast forward 20 years later and I now find myself chuckling at the silliness of not giving that statement much of my time.
Of course, my instructor was right.
Life reflects back to us what it is we are putting out.
Life uses any tool available to get us to pay attention to our own lives in order to live more fully, more wholly.
To live a complete life.
So when I noticed the 3 of Cups turn up over and over again in almost all of the Tarot Readings during my 4-hour marathon “Ladies Night Out” benefit, on Friday evening, I paid attention.
The 3 of Cups; “Ovaries Before Brovaries”, as one of my Tarot teachers, Melissa Cynova loving calls this card, is the epitome of “Ladies Night Out”.
This card represents your tribe.
That group of people that you know are family even if they aren’t blood.
You made them your family, they made you theirs.
They’ve got you back, you’ve got theirs.
You laugh, you cry, you fight, you love, you drink, you drink more, you call cabs, you laugh more, but most importantly, you pick up the phone when they call and vice versa.
After calling it a night and thanking Lauren once again for saving my "no need to plan ahead" ass, I popped in some Lennon and drove home contemplating the event.
“Ovaries Before Brovaries” was my theme, “Stand by Me” and, “Nobody told me (there would be days like these)” were my songs, laughter was the mood.
I started thinking about how enriching my tribe is to my life.
How much I relied on each and every one of them to be the parts of me that I may not always be able to be in order to be whole.
Much like the 3 of Pentacles needs different craftsmen to finish the project, the 3 of Cups needs different people to complete US.
To understand we are all one, all connected, one on earth, as we are in Heaven.
I found myself in a state of gratitude that evening drive home.
I thought of my tribe. My chosen family not of blood who, like patches on a big, beautiful, comfy quilt, bring complete and utter joy to whatever is happening in the world.
Lauren, who was my savior and wingman on Friday night, taking names, setting time limits and making me almost pee my pants with her dry sense of humor and wise-ass remarks.
God, I love her.
Carolyn who was on a much-needed vacation in Punta Cana with her tribe and how much I wish she would eat more cookies so I wouldn’t be so damn jealous of how she looks in a bikini.
Hell, how she can wear a bikini!
Samantha who was undoubtedly practicing for her “Night at the Oscars” show where her amazing voice would be center stage the following evening with tons of adoring fans wishing they had a voice of an Angel and a face of a Star.
Donna who was under the weather that evening and wasn’t able to come out to the event, but would without fail, text me the next day wanting to know every detail of my night as "Tarot Extraordinaire" and reprimand me for not getting e-mails from all who signed up for a reading.
Kristen who was in Florida getting much-needed vitamin D and continuing Ed credits. All of our hearts are grateful for her quiet, understated brilliance and dedication to her patients and friends.
Bonnie, who braved the winter weather to show her support and get a little pampering, would tell me all that I missed that evening while Lauren had me on an every 10 minutes, no exception to the rule, one pee break schedule.
Kelly, staying home because “unless there is a fire and the fireman breaks in to pull me off my couch, I do not go out on Fridays, but if you really need me I will."
Stacy, “not a chance in hell I’m going to go near a set of Tarot cards or the dead people you talk to, but I support you wanting to do that”.
To name just a few of the extraordinary women that I celebrate this journey with. Who give me parts of themselves when I can't find them in my own self. They pick me up when I fall, carry me when I buckle under.
Remind me to breathe.
These ladies love me even when I forget that I too deserve love, and always, and I mean always, have my back.
Yes, life will use whatever tool available to get our attention to what we most need to notice.
What did you need to notice?
Complete, whole, overwhelming gratitude for the way life loves me.
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