Shaman Energy Card Reading for week of 2020/08/31

The Beloved

The Beloved speaks to our core essence of love, a gift from Spirit. More often we fall in love with appearance, material values, and personality than the Beloved in another person. We cannot truly fall in love if we cannot see the Beloved in ourselves.

Your goal is to recognize the Beloved gift from Spirit in yourself. It will help you love yourself which makes you stronger and more lovable person. It helps you see the Beloved in another person because you are not projecting ideas and wishes on them and you are better able to separate their presence and values from their Beloved gift from Spirit. The more practice the more you will mature and be able to see the Beloved gift all around you.

If you don’t learn to recognize the Beloved in yourself you are destined to fall in love with the ideas and beliefs you are projecting on the other person rather than their own Beloved gift. Ultimately this will lead to another romantic calamity.

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life, The World Tree, or Arbor Mundi. A sacred symbol from Siberia to the Americas, Australia, India and Europe. Two of its artistic embodiments, the Old Testament Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Norse world tree – Ash Yggdrassil have taken a special place in the world culture. Its roots descend into the Lower world and its branches rise up to the Heavens.

This is a message to you to make sure your feet are on the ground. If your lofty thoughts are fantasy and daydreams and not matched by having your feet firmly grounded the slightest breeze or upset will blow you over. You need to be more grounded.

But, if you are in the same job, or doing the same work over and over and feel you are nothing more than a cog in a machine, you may be too grounded and have not raised yourself and your thoughts up to the higher branches to see what could be changed, so lift yourself up. 

Now turn to what it is you want to manifest. What is required to help your desires and wishes grow and become the fruit you harvest from The Tree of Life. Be conscious of what you desire to create and how and what you need to create and take action.

Shaman Energy Card Reading for week of 2020/08/31

Speaker –        Mark A. Ashford

                        Usui Tibetan Reiki Master and Teacher and

                        Shaman

What this is – Hello and welcome to the “The Shaman Podcast”

In this Podcast we talk about – 

  1. Shamanism
  2. Reiki – Reiki energy healing, especially the lineage I follow originated in Tibet
  3. And everything else that is related

Media – 

  1. This Podcast is one of several media available to you to help you understand and develop your awareness of energy healing practices, history, and traditions. 

The other sources are:

  1. YouTube videos – “Reiki and Shamanism”
  2. Books – eBooks and Paperback books – in full color available on Amazon.ca 
  3. Online courses at Teachable.com
  4. A blog at ThePracticalShaman.ca

The Beloved

The Beloved speaks to our core essence of love, a gift from Spirit. More often we fall in love with appearance, material values, and personality than the Beloved in another person. We cannot truly fall in love if we cannot see the Beloved in ourselves.

Your goal is to recognize the Beloved gift from Spirit in yourself. It will help you love yourself which makes you stronger and more lovable person. It helps you see the Beloved in another person because you are not projecting ideas and wishes on them and you are better able to separate their presence and values from their Beloved gift from Spirit. The more practice the more you will mature and be able to see the Beloved gift all around you.

If you don’t learn to recognize the Beloved in yourself you are destined to fall in love with the ideas and beliefs you are projecting on the other person rather than their own Beloved gift. Ultimately this will lead to another romantic calamity.

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life, The World Tree, or Arbor Mundi. A sacred symbol from Siberia to the Americas, Australia, India and Europe. Two of its artistic embodiments, the Old Testament Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Norse world tree – Ash Yggdrassil have taken a special place in the world culture. Its roots descend into the Lower world and its branches rise up to the Heavens.

This is a message to you to make sure your feet are on the ground. If your lofty thoughts are fantasy and daydreams and not matched by having your feet firmly grounded the slightest breeze or upset will blow you over. You need to be more grounded.

But, if you are in the same job, or doing the same work over and over and feel you are nothing more than a cog in a machine, you may be too grounded and have not raised yourself and your thoughts up to the higher branches to see what could be changed, so lift yourself up. 

Now turn to what it is you want to manifest. What is required to help your desires and wishes grow and become the fruit you harvest from The Tree of Life. Be conscious of what you desire to create and how and what you need to create and take action.

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The Practical Shaman the Realms of the Shaman

Shamanism predates current day organized religions by tens of thousands of years. European cave paintings and carvings showing shaman date from the Paleolithic era. Graves of shamans, 12,000-year-old and older have been discovered in Israel and the Czech Republic.

Shamanism is an ancient spiritual path for awakening, raising consciousness, healing, divination and, in many cases, peace-making. All major healing systems have shamanism at their root, as do some of the major religious traditions such as Hinduism and Buddhism. Tibetan Buddhism still contains key shamanic principles.[1]

Shaman has no dogmas; it is a spiritual path of awakening. The Shaman seeks and experiences his or her personal communion with the sacred without an intermediary. The word Shaman, originates from the Tungus people of Siberia, and has been translated as ‘the one who sees’, ‘the one who knows’ and ‘the one who sees in the dark’. So, it is important to recognize Shamanism is not a religion it’s a spiritual path.

The Shaman sees and knows the essential truth about the nature of reality and the place of the human within that reality.
 Another key element that characterizes a shaman is that she/ he works under direct and conscious guidance of spirit teachers and other helpers, and if that factor isn’t present, it’s not shamanism.[2]

In pop culture, shaman may be: Gandalf in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, Professor Dumbledore in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda in George Lucas’s Star Wars, or the Arthurian Merlin in Hollywood productions. This list speaks of the return of the shaman. 

This book is part of The Practical Shaman series, which includes broad introductions to shamans and shamanism and concentrates on the Soul, and the Spirit, together with the beliefs and rituals that surround both and why they differ.

The Reiki, Shamanism and the essential loving mysticism is complementary to our: 

  1. YouTube video series, “Reiki and Shamanism”, 
  2. “The Shaman Podcast” on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, iHeart Radio, Stitcher, Tunine, Deezer, Pandora, and more. 

Together, these expand on Reiki and Reiki Energy and what means to be a shaman. Visit and subscribe to all of these as well as our blog, www.thepracticalshaman.ca.


[1] https://northerndrum.com/files/Shamanism.pdf, “Shamanism.”

[2] Ibid.

Shaman Energy Card Reading for week of 2020/08/10

Speaker –        Mark A. Ashford

                        Usui Tibetan Reiki Master and Teacher and

                        Shaman

What this is – Hello and welcome to the “The Shaman Podcast”

In this Podcast we talk about – 

Shamanism

Reiki – Reiki energy healing, especially the lineage I follow originated in Tibet

And everything else that is related

Media – 

This Podcast is one of several media available to you to help you understand and develop your awareness of energy healing practices, history, and traditions. 

The other sources are:

YouTube videos – “Reiki and Shamanism”

Books – eBooks and Paperback books – in full color available on Amazon.ca 

Online courses at Teachable.com

A blog at ThePracticalShaman.ca

Today, we are talking about – 

Shaman Energy Card Reading for the week of 2020/08/10

The Journey

From birth until our passing, we are on a journey to learn and experience the world around us and how we relate to it. If you believe in reincarnation then you are experiencing the karma accumulated in previous lives. For some the journey in this life will not be a holiday. For others it may, and yet others, it may be a time when you can relax with not very many worries.

Whatever your karma has brought you, now is the time to set outside any boundaries that no longer serve you, they stop you from experimenting and doing new and different things.

There is no map for your journey, nothing tells you when you have arrived. This is a journey of exploration are learning and that is what your soul is here to do. Only you can judge when you have arrived. But, if you feel you have arrived, know that things will change again shortly after.

On the card, an owl, wings outstretched flies over head and behind the owl is the sun disk. Owls are intensely aware of their surroundings. Night vision is powerful, allowing it to see its prey when light is like a candle 2,500 feet away. Soft, thick wings let them fly silently to swoop down on their target. We must do the same on our journey.

The Sorcerer 

The Sorcerer symbolizes beliefs and ideas of division, struggle and being without. We feel the sorcerer casts a shadow over our lives, but in reality, the shadows are own. 

Our shadows may be narrow, broad, or generous in their focus. Either way, our busy mind loves to feed off the shadow energy from negative feelings. The sorcerer, is asking you to look at these energies, examine how destructive they are. What are you feeling resentment, vengeance, lust, greed, bigotry, or hatred about or to?

The Sorcerer is here to challenge you your thinking and beliefs. Now is a second chance! Start over. Others are not blame for what is inside of you, what you allow to be there. Take a moment to create a sense of peace and move in another direction and do not allow those negative thoughts and feelings to grow again. You are done with them and that way of living.

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Shaman Energy Card Reading for week of 2020/08/10 – YouTube

Speaker –        Mark A. Ashford

                        Usui Tibetan Reiki Master and Teacher and

                        Shaman

What this is – Hello and welcome to the “The Shaman Podcast”

In this Podcast we talk about – 

Shamanism

Reiki – Reiki energy healing, especially the lineage I follow originated in Tibet

And everything else that is related

Media – 

This Podcast is one of several media available to you to help you understand and develop your awareness of energy healing practices, history, and traditions. 

The other sources are:

YouTube videos – “Reiki and Shamanism”

Books – eBooks and Paperback books – in full color available on Amazon.ca 

Online courses at Teachable.com

A blog at ThePracticalShaman.ca

Today, we are talking about – 

Shaman Energy Card Reading for the week of 2020/08/10

The Journey

From birth until our passing, we are on a journey to learn and experience the world around us and how we relate to it. If you believe in reincarnation then you are experiencing the karma accumulated in previous lives. For some the journey in this life will not be a holiday. For others it may, and yet others, it may be a time when you can relax with not very many worries.

Whatever your karma has brought you, now is the time to set outside any boundaries that no longer serve you, they stop you from experimenting and doing new and different things.

There is no map for your journey, nothing tells you when you have arrived. This is a journey of exploration are learning and that is what your soul is here to do. Only you can judge when you have arrived. But, if you feel you have arrived, know that things will change again shortly after.

On the card, an owl, wings outstretched flies over head and behind the owl is the sun disk. Owls are intensely aware of their surroundings. Night vision is powerful, allowing it to see its prey when light is like a candle 2,500 feet away. Soft, thick wings let them fly silently to swoop down on their target. We must do the same on our journey.

The Sorcerer 

The Sorcerer symbolizes beliefs and ideas of division, struggle and being without. We feel the sorcerer casts a shadow over our lives, but in reality, the shadows are own. 

Our shadows may be narrow, broad, or generous in their focus. Either way, our busy mind loves to feed off the shadow energy from negative feelings. The sorcerer, is asking you to look at these energies, examine how destructive they are. What are you feeling resentment, vengeance, lust, greed, bigotry, or hatred about or to?

The Sorcerer is here to challenge you your thinking and beliefs. Now is a second chance! Start over. Others are not blame for what is inside of you, what you allow to be there. Take a moment to create a sense of peace and move in another direction and do not allow those negative thoughts and feelings to grow again. You are done with them and that way of living.

To receive the week ahead energy readings on the Friday before, consider joining our Patreon Page. 

Click the link: bit.ly/3h3E6I0

#shamaniccounsel #shaman #shamanicenergy #shamaneneryoftheweek #shamanweek

Shaman Energy Card reading for this week of 2020/08/24

2020/08/24. Each week, I draw two cards from the Mystical Shaman Oracle Deck and provide my interpretation of the energy for the week.

The Spiral

Spiral is all around us in the coffee my barista gives me, the spiral a dropped coin makes on the floor, and the beautiful nautilus shell. In Norse mythology, Nidhogg, a cosmic snake is at the base of the tree of life. The Spiral also represents the coiled snake when it is at rest, as well as natural energy moving in ceaseless spirals.

The spiral enters the spirit and give it energy to travel on a new journey, take that new journey. Eventually the spiral dissipates and you are in a new reality. 

To live in the new reality, you must let go of the past. The snake sheds its skin to become new again, so must you. The snake does not rush shedding its skin, it lets nature take its course. You must trust and have the intent shed your skin. The snake is never scared of its new skin, it is strong, confident, and it trusts nature.

You must start your journey and must trust. When you have shed your skin and lay in your new one, feel warmed by the sun that your journey has brought you to a new reality.

Taming the Wind

A feather is one of hundreds on the wings and body of a bird, together they allow it to fly. Air, is the fourth Spiritual Element in Tibetan shamanism. It is the element in which birds exist. To hold a feather is to hold a small part of how a bird experiences the element Air, and in turn worships Spirit.

The Shaman uses a feather when clearing a space, or person of dark and lower energies. Spirit gifts the Shaman with the feather so he/she may use it to waft smudging smoke to all corners of a room, or a person’s spirit. While your physical container exists, you have a commitment to use it well and honor Spirit for your gift.

Now, clear your spirit and your energies and communicate clearly. Start a journal, record your thoughts. Affirm your dreams and desires with clarity and give them intention, and power. When this card appears, it is time to clear up misunderstandings with others, listen to the other persons side of the story. 

To learn more, click this link

Shaman Energy Card reading for this week of 2020/08/24 – YouTube

2020/08/24. Each week, I draw two cards from the Mystical Shaman Oracle Deck and provide my interpretation of the energy for the week.

The Spiral

Spiral is all around us in the coffee my barista gives me, the spiral a dropped coin makes on the floor, and the beautiful nautilus shell. In Norse mythology, Nidhogg, a cosmic snake is at the base of the tree of life. The Spiral also represents the coiled snake when it is at rest, as well as natural energy moving in ceaseless spirals.

The spiral enters the spirit and give it energy to travel on a new journey, take that new journey. Eventually the spiral dissipates and you are in a new reality. 

To live in the new reality, you must let go of the past. The snake sheds its skin to become new again, so must you. The snake does not rush shedding its skin, it lets nature take its course. You must trust and have the intent shed your skin. The snake is never scared of its new skin, it is strong, confident, and it trusts nature.

You must start your journey and must trust. When you have shed your skin and lay in your new one, feel warmed by the sun that your journey has brought you to a new reality.

Taming the Wind

A feather is one of hundreds on the wings and body of a bird, together they allow it to fly. Air, is the fourth Spiritual Element in Tibetan shamanism. It is the element in which birds exist. To hold a feather is to hold a small part of how a bird experiences the element Air, and in turn worships Spirit.

The Shaman uses a feather when clearing a space, or person of dark and lower energies. Spirit gifts the Shaman with the feather so he/she may use it to waft smudging smoke to all corners of a room, or a person’s spirit. While your physical container exists, you have a commitment to use it well and honor Spirit for your gift.

Now, clear your spirit and your energies and communicate clearly. Start a journal, record your thoughts. Affirm your dreams and desires with clarity and give them intention, and power. When this card appears, it is time to clear up misunderstandings with others, listen to the other persons side of the story. 

To learn more, click this link

Shaman Energy Card reading for this week of 2020/08/17

Each week, I draw two cards from the Mystical Shaman Oracle Deck and provide my interpretation of the energy for the week. This week is 2020/08/17.

The Medicine Wheel

The shaman recognizes the four cardinal signs of the compass. The wheel represents the circular pattern of life and it will help you understand your inner self. 

Sit quietly, to the South. You are clinging to, old desires, relationships, friendships, or a job. Release them and make space for the new that is coming.

West and consider toxic relationships. Maybe at work, friends, a lover, look at the negative feelings they create in you, and how they drain your energy, they must go. 

North. Pride, not in an arrogant way. Your passions, do you show them? Are you an artist who never paints, a musician that never records? A writer who never writes? Why? Change this. When asked, be proud to say what you are. 

East. Anger. Think of how you want to live life, write it down. Visualize it in your mind with clarity. This is your future that you want to manifest. Anger is fire, use it to add energy, boldness, and drive to your future.

The Hummingbird

Tiny and beautiful, hummingbirds fly enormous distances relative to their size. They migrate between North and Central or South America to feed on the nectar available in the summer flowers. They are fiercely territorial and protect their home vigorously. As the hummingbird drinks its high-octane nectar to fuel itself it shows us how important what we eat is. Only eat what beneficial and nutritious.

The hummingbird bypasses flowers which may be attractive but do not have enough nectar, so must you bypass opportunities that are less than what they seem. Pay attention to the details of offers that come your way.

The buzzing of hummingbird wings is the sound of a hummingbird with a new adventure. Trust that your spiritual guides have brought you to the right place, the right moment, now it is up to you to take bold action and like the hummingbird drink the nectar. Trust that success is assured, even if there are still tests and challenges. Know that all will be well. All is in the small.

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Shaman Energy Card reading for this week of 2020/08/17 – YouTube

Each week, I draw two cards from the Mystical Shaman Oracle Deck and provide my interpretation of the energy for the week. This week is 2020/08/17.

The Medicine Wheel

The shaman recognizes the four cardinal signs of the compass. The wheel represents the circular pattern of life and it will help you understand your inner self. 

Sit quietly, to the South. You are clinging to, old desires, relationships, friendships, or a job. Release them and make space for the new that is coming.

West and consider toxic relationships. Maybe at work, friends, a lover, look at the negative feelings they create in you, and how they drain your energy, they must go. 

North. Pride, not in an arrogant way. Your passions, do you show them? Are you an artist who never paints, a musician that never records? A writer who never writes? Why? Change this. When asked, be proud to say what you are. 

East. Anger. Think of how you want to live life, write it down. Visualize it in your mind with clarity. This is your future that you want to manifest. Anger is fire, use it to add energy, boldness, and drive to your future.

The Hummingbird

Tiny and beautiful, hummingbirds fly enormous distances relative to their size. They migrate between North and Central or South America to feed on the nectar available in the summer flowers. They are fiercely territorial and protect their home vigorously. As the hummingbird drinks its high-octane nectar to fuel itself it shows us how important what we eat is. Only eat what beneficial and nutritious.

The hummingbird bypasses flowers which may be attractive but do not have enough nectar, so must you bypass opportunities that are less than what they seem. Pay attention to the details of offers that come your way.

The buzzing of hummingbird wings is the sound of a hummingbird with a new adventure. Trust that your spiritual guides have brought you to the right place, the right moment, now it is up to you to take bold action and like the hummingbird drink the nectar. Trust that success is assured, even if there are still tests and challenges. Know that all will be well. All is in the small.

To learn more click the link: bit.ly/3h3E6I0

#shamaniccounsel #shaman