Shamanic Energy card Reading for week of 20200928

Every Monday I will post a video of the Shamanic Energy for the coming week. The reading is a general reading, please take what resonates with you.

I am a Registered Reiki Teacher and Practitioner and a Usui Tibetan Reiki Master Teacher as well as a shaman. I am a published author of books and online courses on Reiki and Shamanism and together with this YouTube Channel I host a Podcast on Shamanism. I am also an author of fantasy books that are channeled to me through my guides.

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The lunar cycle is 29.5 days. The moon disappears completely returning in several phases until it is shining brightly with reflected light from the sun. The moon does not spin on its axis it shows the same face, and hides the other.

Moon rules the high and low tides, and it affects our emotions and feelings, especially if we have been focusing on work, promotion, achievement. Now is the time to remove yourself from business and rethink of your path, and goals. Use the phases of the New Moon to the Full moon as a time of spiritual growth, do not to take on more burdens. Connect with others and engage with them, be open.

Your watch tells time, how much has passed and what remains of an hour, week, month, or year. We think of time as linear, from a starting point to an end. We think of our lives in the same way. There is a time in our lives when we say, there are more years behind me than I have in front as we anticipate our death getting closer. And yet, we do not know when our death will come. 

To break the linear quality of time we must concentrate on the Now. “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the ‘now’ the primary focus of your life.” Eckhart Tolle.

When you follow the moment and are engaged with it, time will expand and you will receive what it is you need to be successful in the moment. Let go of busy mind and thoughts of manipulating time.

At the end of our life, our good and bad deeds are weighed and the nature of our rebirth is decided. One aspect of our karma is our ability to love to forgive, to venture and to risk. 

Did you embrace the gift of your life with enthusiasm? How much did you dare or risk in life? All who take risks do so without a guarantee of success. Do you accept risk without that guarantee, if so, why not? Is your busy ego telling you, you are not good enough, why do you believe it? How much opportunity in your life has passed by because you did not risk?  

Look back on your life and evaluate the risk and success you had when you did risk and use it to quiet your busy mind and take a risk, and then another.

The Curse is part of your karma. In a past life you may have experienced loss, pain, or anguish. Release those feelings, thoughts, or beliefs so that you can have a happy life without those past life blocks. Sit quietly and consider the following. Replace xxx with whatever is to be released. Repeat it three times before you go to bed tonight.

‘I renounce my vow/past life of xxx! 

IN THIS life I am free to gain materially, spiritually and emotionally.
IN THIS life I am aligned to receive great amounts of abundance of wealth, love and to give forgiveness  

IN THIS life I am wealthy, happy and free of any and all karma that may have been holding me back. 

With this energy, I go forward!’ 

Shamanic Energy Card reading for week of 2020/09/21

Every Monday I will post a video of the Shamanic Energy for the coming week. The reading is a general reading, please take what resonates with you.

I am a Registered Reiki Teacher and Practitioner and a Usui Tibetan Reiki Master Teacher as well as a shaman. I am a published author of books and online courses on Reiki and Shamanism and together with this YouTube Channel I host a Podcast on Shamanism. I am also an author of fantasy books that are channeled to me through my guides.

Each Monday I will post a YouTube video of the Shamanic Energy Card Reading for the week ahead.

Mystical Shaman Oracle Cards used in reading. Amazon link. – https://amzn.to/3fRG5Ow

Please hit the Subscribe button and Ring the Bell so you receive notifications

To learn more about my work click here https://bit.ly/3h3E6I0

For a Personal weekly Shamanic Energy Reading please go to: https://bit.ly/30PmCd3

For legal purposes, all videos are strictly for entertainment purposes. Viewers have free will and are entirely responsible for any interpretation they place on the readings in all aspects and sectors of their life. I take no responsibility for individual viewer interpretation. Thank you.

The Jaguar a creature of the jungle, it is an apex predator, it eats what it wants, it is powerful, rarely seen, it is never prey. If this speaks to you then you know the ways of the shadows and how to work behind the scenes for your best advantage, especially in the corporate world. Yet you are limited. You have created walls for yourself. Are they walls to keep the world out or you in?  The walls cast shadows of darkness and restraint. They have stopped you form moving on to better things. This week, look at the walls, understand why you have created them. Now, move beyond them. As you do, acknowledge what is not working for you, possessions, people, ideas, concepts, let go and leave them behind. 

The Serpent – heal and gain knowledge. Emotional and spiritual wounds from the past, perhaps a failed relationship needs healing. Start this week. You do not need the burden of what has failed, but look into why and learn from what happened and the effect on you. Become a new person as a result of the healing. Look into learning, online courses, training, books, videos. Choose learning methods where you are in control of the pace. You can learn quickly now, do so! The knowledge you gain will help you be successful as The Jaguar breaks down the walls of your limitations.

The Circle – completeness. Many hands, on the circle. They are all yours and also everyone we encounter in this physical life. As the Jaguar and Serpent help you to break down your walls, remember your existence is moving through a phase, a stage of existence. The hands you used in the past are not relevant to today, and what is today is not relevant for tomorrow. The Jaguar and Serpent are here to help you move the circle with unique energy and learning for this week and future. Do it! You can. Now!

Shaman Energy Card reading for 2020/09/14

The Arrow is a symbol that when your heart, mind and soul are aligned you will achieve your goal, like an arrow hitting the bull’s eye. Being true to yourself brings the material world and its ability to feed and clothe our physical self with what is truly and honestly inside us. It is freedom, and release of your inner originality.

Be confident that the arrow of your hopes and dreams has landed in the perfect place for your higher good. Now is not the time to worry about the “how” this is achieved. The universe will take care of that. And, do not worry about the form of your gift from the universe. If you want a car, accept the colour that arrives. Being closed to accepting anything other than a red car will make your arrow miss the bull’s eye and you will not receive what you are trying to manifest. Just celebrate!

The Beloved – reversed 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 Spirit in ourselves first.

This week be cautious of falling in love too quickly with the appearance, material values, and personality of another. Stop and ask yourself if things are moving too quickly. Sit down and meditate on this. If you had a similar relationship the past, and it did not go well, take the time now, at the start, to consider if this is the same. 

Take a moment to see the beloved Spirit in yourself and be understanding and knowing of that before looking outward. It is important and precious. When you have done that, look at the new relationship and see if you can see Spirit in them. If not, then you do not need to repeat a past failed relationship that arrives in a different package.

To be clear, this may not just be a romantic relationship. It could be a platonic relationship with someone younger, or, someone of your age but who acts younger. It could be people, managers, or supervisors at work. Guard your heart, your spirit from toxic situations that deplete you and do not benefit you.

Episode 8: The Role of the Shaman

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

Speaker –        Mark A. Ashford

                        I am a Usui Tibetan Reiki Master and Teacher for IARP

                        I am a Registered Teacher and Practitioner for Canadian Reiki Association

                        Tibetan Shaman

Some of the other sources are:

So, let’s get to the subject of this Podcast…. Role of the Shaman

As Healer and Guide

The shaman is a healer. This is their principal role. 

They have access to, and influence in, the world of benevolent and malevolent spirits. To reach out to these spirits, they undertake a Soul Journey during which they are in an Altered State of Consciousness or trance. The trance is induced during a healing ritual that seeks to divine and understand the cause of a person’s illness and gather information from the spirits to allow the Shaman to heal the recipient.

Mongol shamanism had ninety-nine deities:

  1. Fifty-five of these deities were White, i.e. Beneficent for mankind. 
  2. Forty-four were Black, i.e. Terribles to all the evildoers of mankind and to the enemies of the Mongol Nation. 

In total they are the national gods of Mongol Shamanism. They were the Spirits of Ancestors of every clan, the souls of dead chieftains, shamans and shamanesses who during their life had devoted themselves to satisfying the requirements of the members of their clans and who in the World of Spirits should solve the difficulties in the life of the current members of their clans, commoners and nobles and even serfs.[1]

Black shamanism is a kind of shamanism practiced in Mongolia and Siberia. It is specifically opposed to yellow shamanism, which incorporates rituals and traditions from Buddhism. Black Shamans are usually perceived as working with evil spirits of the lower and Underworld, while white Shamans work benevolent spirits of the upper world.

The banners of both white and black shaman flew in Mongol tribal camps and were each guarded by white and black Lord Spirits of the Clan. Nobles of the clan would escort the banners during ceremonies and feasts.

As Oracle

Shaman were astrologers and Oracles. Everyone, especially tribal leaders wanted to know what the future would bring. Will it bring war, will they be successful in the struggle? Will crops and animal husbandry be successful. Will the tribe merge with another though marriage?

The history of the shaman in this role goes back into the very remote past long before the advent of Buddhism in Tibet in the 7th century. 

Historically, Oracles, divination and Astrology were a feature of Bon religion the pre-Buddhist religion of Tibet.

Bon held the spirit or soul of the individual was a world or realm of energy which humans are able to contact. For example, humans are able to connect with physical things such as food, a chair, and other people. On the spiritual level they are able to connect at the psychic level with other spirits and those on the different levels of existence.

When the Buddhist Dharma appeared in Tibet, they were able to include the Bon world view into their own. The Buddhist world exists in three parts: one solid, one psychic and one mental. 

The change happened when the famous tantric master Guru Padmasambhava came to Tibet and tamed the subtle world – the deities of the Bonpos – and bound them under oath to obey and defend Buddhist teaching. These deities became protectors of the Buddhist faith and of Buddhist practitioners. They became Cho sung, protectors of the Dharma. According to Tibetan tradition, he tamed these beings through powerful mantras and spells which bound them to obey those who held the power of the spells.[2]

The deities are sentient beings. They are beings, just like people or animals and anyone else, but without a body. They also have a mind or spirit, and, a voice. Without a body they cannot communicate with those who communicate on a bodily level. So, they are samsaric beings. 

Samsara is the term for the everlasting cycle of being. It is the cycle of becoming and passing away, or the cycle of rebirths in the Indian religions of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.

As such, they are not higher gods, as we would understand the great gods of India or Tibet. They are gods linked to the land, mountains, lakes and to the geographical features. We could in a way say that mountains and lakes are their bodily aspect. They are the subtle aspect: the speech and mind aspect of mountains, valleys, rivers and lakes, especially mountains and lakes.

Providing Continuity

They provided continuity to the tribe and a reliable connection to the spirit world. In this way they were a communicator from the human physical world to the spirit world and back again.

They were an educator of people about the spirit world as well as about medicines and herbs and natural healing solutions. They kept the tribal stories, myths and essential tribal wisdom that made the tribe they belonged to different from another. 

They understood and passed down information about their trance states, how to induce them and how to control them. Their clothing, symbolic regalia and objects were passed down to enrich subsequent generations of shaman.

They are the keepers of tradition, ancient texts, books, and scripts as well as way things should be done. Songs, dances, music, and observance are also carried forward from shaman to shaman within the tribe. 

Shamans usually have expert knowledge of medicinal plants native to their area and often prescribed a herbal treatment. It is believed shamans learn directly from the plants, harnessing their effects and healing properties, after obtaining permission from the indwelling or patron spirits.[3]

The chieftains and nobles may change, but the shaman remains.

As Protector

One of a shaman’s main functions is to protect individuals from hostile supernatural influences. 

The shaman may act as psychopomp conducting the spirits of individuals who have just died to the proper refuge for dead spirits.

Psychopomp literally means “guide of souls” there are creatures, spirits, angels, or deities in many religions whose responsibility is to escort newly deceased souls from Earth to the afterlife. 

They do not judge the deceased, simply to guide them. Appearing frequently on funerary art, psychopomps have been depicted at different times and in different cultures as anthropomorphic entities, horses, deer, dogs, whip-poor-wills, ravens, crows, vultures, owls, sparrows and cuckoos. When seen as birds, they are often seen in huge masses, waiting outside the home of the dying.[4]

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[1] Ibid.

[2] Dr Fabian Sanders, “Tibetan Oracles and Himalayan Shamans.”

[3] Wikipedia, “Shamanism.”

[4] “Psychopomp.”

Shaman Energy Card reading for 2020/09/07

The Tree of Life – reversed. 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.

In the reverse, with the roots upper most instead of branches and leaves this is a message to you that you are too grounded. Your dreams, what you want to manifest are held down, held back, by you being too grounded. You are finding too many excuses not to let your dreams come into reality. You cannot manifest your desires because you are over thinking your dreams and finding excuses not to go forward. Stop Procrastinating!

Take a deep breath in when thinking of negative and reason why not to do something and release them with your breath out.


The Blade is a cutting tool. It represents your mind, body, and spirit. Pointing upward, it summons the power of heaven to help you manifest. It will cut cords attached to you that no longer serve you or are toxic in their effect on you. It is a thing of action. Use it now, use it with best intention and not as a weapon Use it to heal those old relationships or places by letting them go.

The blade is sent to help you with your dreams which are grounded and stagnant. Together with the Tree of Life in reverse, the Blade can help you move forward. Do not use it in anger or bad intention else the outcome will be worse than you had imagined. Always use the blade positively to help you move forward.

The Shaman’s Staff

While Shuffling the card for the weekly Shamanic Energy Card Reading, the card, Shamans’s Staff came out. Very Significant for our endeavours. This episode describes the meaning of the Shaman’s Card.

Speaker –        Mark A. Ashford

                        Usui Tibetan Reiki Master and Teacher and

                        White 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 which 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 with Candice, Mark, and Opame” – Candice and Opame are two of my guides.
  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

Let’s get to it!

Over millennia, a shaman’s regalia has often included a magical staff or cane. Chronologically, a staff, not a drum, which is popular today, is frequently shown in prehistoric art up to the Bronze Age. This observation is important since this attribute can be found in scenes which, due to their other features, evoke associations with shamanistic symbolism. 

Objects as status symbols have been present in human societies throughout history, with a shaman’s staff or a hunter’s spear representing their place and power in society.

In the Eastern Mojave Desert of the United states, the staff is known as a Shaman’s crook or Poro as evidenced in Rock and cave paintings in the region. Interestingly, in these cave paintings, the shamans staff has a distinct “Shepherds Crook” shape to the top.

Shaman of Chemehuevi tribe in the Eastern Mojave do not have headdress, special clothing, sacred bundles, or other markers to denote their rank and status within the tribe.  as do shaman in Mongolia and Tibet. The Poro was the sole indicator of their status, their badge of office and could be used to perform magical and ceremonial duties. In all cases, the Poro, or shamans’ staff is not used be the shaman to help walk or something to lean on as an elderly or inform person might.  There is a separate cane for that purpose.

The length of the Shaman’s crook is also an indicator of the power attributed to the crook and the shaman who holds it. The staff allows the shaman to connect with their ancestral and other spirits to ask for help and guidance while performing shamanic healings. These staffs may be made of carved wood, whalebone or marine ivory, and are carried by the shaman during ceremonies. The staff ranges from about 40cm to over a metre, they are used to heal, combat the spirits of disease, and to detect the presence of ‘witchcraft’ or negative magic.[1]

The staff often is from a specific type of tree that has special significance either for the shaman or the tribe. It may be decorated with carvings of animals or spirits and may include a handle carved in the form of an animal. The animal is either a spirit guide, or an animal guide.

As is the case with all true power objects, the staff is imbued with spiritual purpose and becomes a living presence. It becomes a catalyst for change and transformation – even capable

of working on its own on behalf of the shaman.[2]

When the shaman’s helping spirits work through objects such as the shaman’s staff the spiritual power is amplified and becomes available to the shaman. He or she can then use the power in their work. As the shaman continues to use their staff in this manner, the object itself becomes inspirited. Since the objects are then considered to be alive, they function as assistants, partners and guides to the shaman in their work and, as such, must be cared for as living beings.[3]

Because of their role in magical combat, some of these objects are carved to resemble weapons such as clubs and long knives. Others are simple, long and graceful arcs of bone or ivory completely covered in the carved images of the shaman’s helping spirits and clan affiliation symbols. [4]

Among the Selkups, Enets and Nenets of Siberia, the shaman’s staff is made of metal, iron to be precise. Since the shamans in this region sing and dance their journeys, the staff also functions as a rhythm stick. To enhance this role, the staff is forged of iron and covered in iron rings which clang together and against the staff. Thus, it takes the place of the shaman’s drum for the journey. These staffs are one-and- a-half meters tall, and some have the form of a reindeer hoof at their base. [5]

The staff is deeply personal to the shaman carrying it. A contemporary western shaman may simply use a walking stick made from a wood that has some special association with the shaman, or, it may be that the shaman has empowered the walking stick in some special way to be personal to them.

The style of the staff may indicate a particular focus for the shaman. Black shaman of the Buriad and Khamnigan people have staffs with horse head carvings or a mask. White shaman of the same peoples a simpler staff of wood. Shamans of the Darkhad and Uriankhai people have a staff with the remains of three original tree branches on it. 

The shaman’s staff had a symbolic role in rituals as a specific tool for speaking, communicating and transmitting information both in initiation ceremonies and ecstatic journeys to the other spiritual realms. A staff was at the level of cosmogony and cosmology since in many myths a staff could act as a creation tool and embody the cosmic axis, the Universe’s vertical model and in ancient times a staff was a universal mediator between the world of humans and the otherworld; it was a means of communication which could be conducted via a word, sound, magical acts and ecstatic journeys between the worlds.