Louise Androlia

The Love List: May 2015

Hello beautiful people! I've missed you. I took a much needed break from the blog last month to turn #STARSANDCARDS into a free e-book (when you sign up for the monthly forecast!) and recalibrate before a few very exciting launches in June. You're going to love them, I promise.

In the meantime, this exquisite handmade mala from Jen Cintrón has kept me energized. It's full of good vibes from the Scorpio full moon, and it smells amazing from all the anointing oils. I'm already plotting my second one!

how to get over "vacation guilt" and actually enjoy your time off

4 ways to focus when your mind's not in the mood

what to read when...

Mercury Retrograde is not the everything

surprise: you get six months of magic every full moon

10 things internet marketers don't want you to know

how to say no

Claire Underwood is my spirit animal.

how to simplify your beauty routine step by step

should you work from home? pros & cons (and a reality check)

are you born psychic or is it something you can learn?

the surprising past careers of 13 famous musicians

inside Led Zeppelin's private jet

Vodou is like a gun

don't sweat it (southern belles, rejoice!)

is magic really "magic" or is is psychological?

how much to tip your tattoo artist (and everyone else who helps you out)

Prisma Visions tarot: a deck review

my current favorite podcast: Sex Nerd Sandra (NSFW, obviously)

Magical Miscellany: 2.09.2015

Here's another Mercury Rx throwback: I snapped this photo outside of Trader Joe's a few months ago, and it's been my phone background ever since. I can't resist a good sunset.

Temporary discomfort. It's worth it.

Culture is shifting from purchasing material goods to buying experiences... and we're happier for it.

I'm usually resistant anything using the word "manifest", but this goregous manifestation how-to from Louise Androlia is practical and deep.

What do spirits want?

Is Jupiter your bliss?

This guest post on identity politics in the tarot by up-and-comer Benebell Wen is beautiful, thoughtful, and a great reminder to all readers!

I love this post from Paige Zaferiou's How to Practice Moon Magick series: pay attention to yourself.

What should you say (or not say) to someone experiencing chronic illness? Grace Quantock speaks candidly about the do's and don'ts.

Want the best love spell? Do this.

Want to grow your Twitter audience? Try this challenge from Sarah Morgan at XO Sarah!

Esmé Wang's post on how to be productive while living with chronic illness (or any sort of unpredictable life situation) is simply excellent. I can't wait for part two!

Cosmic Chat with Louise Androlia

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This month's guest is Louise Androlia, a life coach and tarot reader who refused to let chronic illness take her down. Now she's sharing her techniques for healing with readers around the world.

And let's not forget: her brilliant Tarotscopes at The Numinous are definitely the best part of the first of the month. 

Read on for elemental look at how Louise works!

 

 

Fire: On your site you refer to your readings as Tarot therapy. I love that! How do your Tarot readings serve as a catalyst for positive change in your client's lives?

I believe that it's essential that we participate in and validate our experience, our journey. With that I feel that predictive methods reading are a little outdated - for instance If I used Tarot to tell you your future it suggests that you don't have a hand in creating it. If we sit around and wait for things to happen then where is our personal power?

So I see Tarot as a wonderful form of teaching us about the human experience and giving us guidance for all the types of challenges that we might experience while having it. Hence a form of therapy! I use the cards along with my intuitive and practical guidance to help clients reclaim their unique confidence and move through challenges and find inspiration along the road they walk.

 

Water: You're a major champion of "feeling your feelings". What are some of your favorite practical ways to feel more in our daily lives?

Indeed I am! To put it simply on order for the human brain to process our experience we have to feel it. If we make a mind-body connection to all of our feelings and thoughts then it is easier to stay present and process moods as they happen.

A simple tool to start trying right now is to start using 'I feel' instead of 'I am' regarding emotions and moods, especially the negative ones. When we use 'I am' it's like a label and takes us a step back from ourselves and forms a disconnect from mind and body and reinforces to use that we can't change something.

If we use 'I feel' we take our personal power and ability to choose back, we connect mind to body and the emotion processes.

It can be tricky to try at first as naturally we don't want to feel our most challenging moods, for instance anger or anxiety, but by bringing them in and realising they are valid then they are able to dissipate. It's amazing how many shifts you can make just by trying this.

 

Earth: Many people who are attracted to astrology and other divinatory practices are empathic or at least highly sensitive. As an energy worker, what advice do you have for staying grounded during this kind of work?

This kind of work is based around connecting to energy beyond the physical body and so straight away it's very easy to 'lift' out of yourself. Being ungrounded is essentially not being present. So a few easy tools to use which are also great for day to day and especially when dealing with anxiety (when you are anxious you are ungrounded)

A visualisation - visualise roots coming from the soles of your feet into the earth and tying in a knot at the centre of the core. A good one I use all the time.

Physical exercises - Rubbing the palms and soles of your feel, tapping the top of your head or stamping you feet are all good ways to get back down to earth. As is any physical activity like running or sports.

Get outside - Mother earth is a good way to get present. Take in your surroundings. Hands on the ground, walk in the park - hell, hug a tree if you like!

Eat well - Processed foods, sugar and caffeine are all very up in the air. The best grounding foods are wholefoods and vegetables - things you could grow in your garden.

 

Air: You've been teaching "energy awareness workshops" at the lovely Celestine Eleven in London. Can you give us a bit of insight into what "energy awareness" is all about?

Energetic awareness is essential for everyone!I believe it to be the foundation of the holistic connection. Energy awareness is learning about and nurturing the 'spirit' part of the mind-body-spirit trio. Energy is everything, we are made of it and so is everything else, it is within us and outside of us. Beyond our physical body is our energetic self that houses all our thoughts and feelings. Hence why we manage to collect moods so easily from other people - energy is invisible, contagious and I guess kind of sticky!

Energy is often thrown about as a spiritual word but it's something we really need to think about in our everyday lives doing all our human things - for instance dealing with anxiety, stress, overwhelm and hyper sensitivity - those can all be helped by thinking energetically.

Through an awareness of this space and visualisations to protect, clear and ground our energy we suddenly have the final part of our holistic super powers. I have been using these tools that I teach for over 10 years so I thought it was about time I started spreading them far and wide!

 

Spirit: Your Tarotscopes for The Numinous are absolutely fabulous. How did you come to combine astrology and Tarot?

When Ruby started the site we thought it would be fun to do something different. At that point I hadn't been studying Astrology but always had a healthy interest and knew the chart well. I just had a feeling it would be awesome to tune into each sign every month and pick a card and bring some guidance. They have been super popular and I love writing them - it just works! I also wrote 2014 Tarotscopes which have been a big hit and you can still purchase on my site.

 

Want to feel enthusiastic, magical, inspired, and full of potential? Book a Tarot reading with Louise and reclaim your personal power.