OFFICE ORACLE: Lynn A

It’s our Office Oracle! We will feature someone from our offices so you can learn a bit about us.

LynnAFirst up is a name many already know. Lynn Araujo is active on our Facebook page. Her familiar smile brightens many a group! You may also know her as Lynn Sparrow.

Stella: Lynn, what’s the best thing about your job?

Lynn: Working with talented artists and authors. Getting to know people in the tarot and games communities.

S: What’s your favorite U.S. Games product?

bananasplitLynn: On the games side, I had a lot of fun developing Banana Split Card game so it’s exciting to see its success. On the Tarot side, The Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Set is special to me because it is so gorgeous (thanks to our designer Jody, who also designed Banana Split) but also because I got to work closely with Stuart Kaplan on the research and writing about Pixie.

S: What’s one thing you like to do when you are not at work?
Lynn: Take hikes with my two dogs, and gardening.

S: If you were a Tarot card, which one would you be?
Lynn: The Three of Cups. Everyday I like to celebrate abundance and emotional connection with the people in my life.

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Joie de Vivre Tarot (l) || Deviant Moon Tarot (r)

S: What’s your favorite food?
Lynn: I love ethnic foods from places I have traveled like Indian, Turkey, Indonesian, and Thailand,

Guest Post: Lisa Frideborg Lloyd: The Sun

originally posted on Lisa Frideborg Lloyd ‘s blog here

Ghosts & Spirits Tarot: Sun

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
― Marianne Williamson

When the Sun shows up in a reading reader and client alike find themselves smiling… What’s not to love about the light, warmth and joy of the Sun card?! It’s a card of success, healing, clarity, power and happy endings. It shows that you have what it takes to overcome whatever it is you are facing. It could mean recognition and high honour.

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Zolars Astrological Tarot: Sun

 

But is it always a happy, pleasant and positive card?

To understand the less pleasant qualities of the Sun, all we have to do is turn to Astrology and look at how the Sun may express itself when negatively aspected or situated:

Egotistical, haughty, overbearing, dictatorial and judgmental. OR lacking in confidence, power, vitality and self-esteem.

The Sun can also represent burn-out or burning your candle at both ends if negatively aspected by surrounding cards. A classic example would be The Sun flanked by either the 10 of Wands or the 10 of Swords.

As a card of emotional healing, The Sun points to issues around confidence, personal power and self-esteem. In the chakra system, we would place The Sun (quite naturally!) in the Solar Plexus chakra.

Too much of the Sun energy makes a person overbearing and lacking in empathy/understanding. Too little can lead to a victim mentality, boundary issues or being easily swayed by the opinions by others.

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Deviant Moon Tarot: Sun

 

To find out what The Sun means in readings about love and romance, click HERE.

Correspondences

Element: Fire
Planet: The Sun
Chakra: Solar Plexus Chakra
Colour: Yellow, gold
Crystal: Citrine, yellow calcite, pyrite
Metal: Gold
Body: Vitality, general feeling of well being
Exercise: Any exercise taken outdoors
Stance/Pose: Sun salutations
Magickal Tool/Ingredient: Fire
Associated Major Arcana Cards (through numerology): The Magician, The Wheel of Fortune

Goddess Tarot: Sun

Goddess Tarot: Sun

Associated Minor Arcana Cards: 

3 of Wands (Sun in Aries). Healing is found through encouragement (giving and receiving, but more often giving).
10 of Swords (Sun in Gemini). Learning to see the silver lining and the joy of starting over.
8 of Pentacles (Sun in Virgo). Being responsible for one’s creation whether this is work, physical health or a relationship.
6 of Cups (Sun in Scorpio) – Making peace with the past (including past lives) and letting go of energetic bonds to people who have left us for various reasons.
4 of Pentacles (Sun in Capricorn) – Having firm personal boundaries.

Remedies – to increase the energy of The Sun in your life:

  • You can make a tarot essence to harness and increase the energy of the Sun card, using a card from the deck of your choice, along with any of the crystals above that you feel drawn to work with. There is plenty of information on the healing properties for each of the crystals available online
  • Spend time outside, in the sun
  • Wear gold (both the colour and jewelry)
  • Eat/drink yellow foods
  • Take center stage
  • Say ‘No’ to a request without justifying why
  • Initiate contact rather than wait for the other to make the first move
  • Be an alpha male/female
  • Visualise breathing in sunlight through your Solar Plexus chakra, filling your whole aura
  • Make your home as light and bright as possible
  • Get rid of damp in your home
  • Drink alcohol (raises the Fire Element according to Chinese Medicine)
1JJ Swiss: Sun

1JJ Swiss: Sun

Balancing, grounding and banishing the influence of the Sun card:
  • Stay up late
  • Wear black, grey or blue
  • Go swimming
  • Sit in the shade
  • Wear shades
  • Place water features in/around your home
  • Wear silver jewelry


Affirmation: “I let my light SHINE!”

☆ Lisa Frideborg Lloyd  

Interview with Jody Bergsma Creator of Magical Times Empowerment Cards

Interview with Jody Bergsma, creator of Magical Times Empowerment Cards, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Thank you Mary Brown for these terrific interview questions!

Throughout your artistic career, you’ve created many exquisite paintings and inspirational quotes. What made this the right time for you to create your own deck? 

JB: Creating an inspired body of work all within a contained genre takes time.

I had not done “fantasy” until 2004 in my newer style so dedicated my time to making four a year to create enough art for this collection.

When I had enough the door opened through U.S. Games in the form of an invitation. I knew it was time.

As an aside; I like decks for my art better than books because it makes the images interactive and gives them a place to be viewed in the world of intuition from where they come.

What inspired you to create the “Magical Times Empowerment Cards”?

JB: In earlier years I had been given decks that delighted me. They provided guidance for growth and answers.  But good art was a must for me to enjoy them.

I used some of these early best decks for a path to follow in “Magical Times”.

What was your biggest challenge with this project and how did you overcome it?

JB: Finding the time to do both the writing and the layout inside an already busy schedule was the challenge.

My mantra for all daunting tasks is…”Step by step, that’s the way.” It keeps me moving forward even if the going is slow.

Thanks to the intriguing geometric design on the backs of the cards, they are reversible, which is something many people will be happy to see.  How do you feel about reversals and what’s the significance of the design?

JB: I feel that all decks are best used as tools to open to your own higher intuitive state and fall into a place of self-wisdom.

Reversals allow you to see the shadow if you need to. Reversals double the power of any deck.

The interlocking circles (Vesica Pisces) and the blending rainbow colors are symbols for “All Things are Connected.”

There is a wonderful mix of beings, earthly animals and mystical creatures, in your deck.  How did you go about choosing them for inclusion?

JB: I used a psychological tool that address all personality types called the Enneagram to make sure I delved into emotional scenarios I might otherwise miss.

After making what I believed to be a balanced list I started the process of picking creatures/animals that have a vibrational frequency to the word. 

Is there a difference when you are painting a mystical creature compared to an animal you may find in the wild?

JB: Yes. I believe they inhabit different planes of existence…but the jump is a short one.

This is a very colorful deck, beyond their intrinsic artistic value, do colors hold special symbolic meanings for you?

JB: Yes. Each color correlates to the chakra system and an insightful reader could add the color of the card to the knowledge they have about their own energy field as they read. I also used a lot of teal and aqua as these colors especially activate the healing systems of the body.

The messages on the cards resonate with a kind of deeper wisdom than one might expect from a deck of cards.  Were you surprised by this once the deck was complete… (and how did you get so smart)?

JB: I have spent a lifetime in quite contemplative painting. This has allowed me to learn to get into the vast infinite mind I call the vortex.

Only from there can one create art that will pull others into the same place.

That is the core purpose of my work. I admit that not all of my paintings are inspired, but I can feel when they are…and I think that others, when ready, can too.

How do you feel Empowerment Cards can best be utilized?

JB: “Traditional methods” are proven triggers for people to get inner clarity and to access the intuition.

Ask a simple question, pull a card and look at the one you intuitively choose. Answers are already waiting.


What do you find magical about the times we are currently experiencing? 

JB: The world is going through a frequency change. Consciousness is supported by this change and with it a better understanding of the oneness that we are. The plan is in place and many are here to help birth a new humanity.

Why is it important to you to empower others?

JB: The Golden rule applies here. As others are empowered so am I. As others find clarity so do I. The harbor of mindfulness is shared by all and when the time is right “all the boats will rise.”

What’s next for you? Are there any new decks on the horizon?

JB: I am sure the universe has plans. I am just here for the ride.:)

Interview questions by Mary McIntyre Brown for U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
This interview first appeared in Evolve Magazine.