My mom has been an astrology freak since I can remember myself. Throughout the years I would turn to her for advice on whether taking this or that action would be supported by the energetic properties and qualities contributed each time by the various astro-phaenomena. You see, my mom was not reading the daily newspaper horoscope. She had studied astrology as the science system that it is and through her experience of daily pulling out natal charts she knew better than to confront random people at parties with the ''what is your starsign'' question that tends to (inaccurately) put people into boxes and categories.
My mother's guidance proved each and every time super helpful, accurate and life saving in a number of occassions. A couple of times when i disregarded it I ended up booking flight tickets amidst Mercury Retrogrades or Eclipses and then having to cancel them a day before the trip (therefore getting always some joke for a refund) always due to some disaster or plain mistakes in the way the tickets had been booked (wrong destinations, wrong names etc). Launches of products didn't go well and relationships I had placed too much trust on did not go the mile - all just as my mother would have implied through her astro-readings. In short: mom's stuff were trustworthy for years for me.
When I moved away from my country, communication between me and my mom got somehow restricted by daily life and obligations so at some point I caught myself wondering: ''where do I get guidance from?''... I wanted to know I can count on me and explore themes in my life on my own. At some point I bumped on my first spiritual teacher who taught me how to work with my intuition and proved to me A WHOLE LOT about patterns in my life. She taught me to recognise and address my own power in order to get the guidance I was looking for; that the answer is always within. Just as I reached out within I came in touch with my ability for claircognisance and empathic clairsentience.
My teacher taught me how to use various tools and methods to decode and read the information I was receiving when accessing my intuition and when working with my subconscious mind. Using a pendulum was one of those methods. Till this day, I use pendulum dowsing to retrieve information about situations and options - when I feel the need to examine them deeper before acting on them. Pendulum dowsing is an extremely useful tool but one needs to be very disciplined not to allow one's subconscious mind to hijack the process. It took me some time to achieve exactly that and to learn to detach from whether I'm gonna like the answer I get or not... that's ego coming in there and while ego is a great encompassing tool in many occassions you don't want it messing with you being open to receive objective answers from your Higher Self. Ego usually creates resistance to the objectivity of your answers because it gets you to obsess over stuff like ''what if I get a bad answer?''. There are no bad answers there is only consciousness. After all its just information and you are the one deciding in the end whether you act upon the guidance you received or you prefer to pass.
Same thing applies to interpreting Tarot cards. Tarot cards was something else i picked up along my spiritual development path but to be honest i do not use them to ''predict the future'' as most people would think. I believe we shape the future ourselves. Surely there are possibilities and tendecies of what and how something could happen but these possibilities are so many and so diverse that it is difficult to pin them down - and for each of these possibilities there are three other possibilities, so... go figure. I don't stress myself about pre-decided futures. Instead I work with Tarot cards mostly to help me uncover patterns of behavior and other mental or emotional blockages I might not be able to see from my current standpoint. I pull out my cards when I feel like my persepctive is currently limited and prevents me from seeing the bigger picture and stops me from understanding things that could help tremendously in upleveling my human experience. Currently, I am starting to delve deeper into astrology as the systems one uses to interpret Tarot are super connected to astrological patterns as well- imagine that each card has an astrological correspondence (such as Moon in Libra, Venus in Aquarius etc). I am noticing already how learning astrology has made my readings way more accurate and in-depth. Will keep you updated as to how that one goes!
What methods do you use to connect with your intuition and strengthen your sense of alignment with Life? If you don't use any yet why not and what would you wanna delve deeper into? What is your relationship with your intuition currently?
All my love to you & thanks for reading,