46 The Penitent

No matter what god or higher power you believe in, we are all part of a collective consciousness, both in this world and the next. Whether your reading comes from tarot, angels or archetype cards we are delving into that collective consciousness. If you are present with a psychic or clairvoyant who has strong connections, you may be connected to individuals but more likely you will be communicating with part of this universal energy which connects us all. Much of the connection comes through our own energies and this is particularly true of online readings.

Upright Meanings: grief, trauma, despair, heartbreak, broken marriage, vain regret, focusing on loss, guilt, bereavement, mourning, abandonment, emotional instability, sadness, isolation, regret, remorse, loneliness, emotional baggage, unwelcome change, divorce, loss, separation, sorrow, focusing on negative emotions, anger

Reversed Meanings: hope, letting go of grief, letting go of regret or guilt, summon, healing, accepting help, overcoming despair, return, moving forward/ moving on, forgiveness, re-joining the world, releasing emotions, letting go of sorrow, releasing emotional baggage

Most archetypes can refer to the querant or someone else in their lives. This is one of the few cards that exclusively talks to the querent about a person close to them who deeply regrets a situation but feels unable to broach the subject. It may be that this is already the situation or very soon will be. In reverse it depicts someone that knows in their heart they were wrong but it not yet ready to face their emotions. Have patience and tolerance till the time is right.

The angel associated with The Penitent is The Archangel Zadkiel

Belonging to the REALM: Heaven of Form, The Archangel Zadkiel is in the group known as Archangels.
ANGELIC FUNCTION: Will help us with clarity, forgiveness and new ideas. He also assists with emotional healing. He works on the rays of transmutation (change from one form/state to another). Place all your troubles and difficult relationships within his flame so that all negativity is transmuted into positive vibrations.
GIFTS FOR THE EARTH: Zadkiels message: I will be with those in the justice system and law enforcement to make sure they not only keep society safe and protected, but also to encourage mercy in all forms of sentencing and punishment. Work on forgiveness, but do not punish yourself when you find forgiveness too difficult. Let Spirit forgive those you cannot forgive, and work instead in healing yourself and moving on.

Zadkiel helps us with forgiveness. He encourages us to have love for ourselves, and to love others as God loves us. He reminds us of past and present, helping us to understand and accept milestones in our life journey – even if it hurts. He gives us strength to confront our wounds, and he also reminds us to be grateful and appreciate the love we have in our lives.

His energy is gentle, subtle and inspirational. His words are always calm and sympathetic. He encourages us to be accepting of others, to gain an understanding of different perspectives, and to always forgive. You can call on him when you need help with forgiveness, whether its forgiving yourself, asking forgiveness from God, or forgiving someone else.

Every relationship requires taking and giving, loss and gain, and sacrifice and benefit. Zadkiel teaches us to respect the ebb and flow of relationships and that a short-term loss for oneself may be worthwhile for a long- term gain for all.

In the eyes of Spirit, nothing is unforgivable. Zadkiel can help you forgive yourself, forgive others, and move on from and heal emotional wounds when you find forgiveness too difficult. Zadkiel reminds us that every living creature, no matter what they have done, is worthy of mercy.

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Elements of the Psychic World: Most people see death as a time of sorrow and regret but some religions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism, see it as a blessed release for the soul that has gone. Funerals are a time for great rejoicing as to cry and mourn will literally hold the soul to the earth.

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Complete Book of Tarot: Critics might also object that the theory of archetypes is merely a fanciful speculation with little scientific support. Interestingly, recent studies at Emory University have demonstrated that memories of experiences shared by our ancestors may be transmitted through our DNA. For example, scientists were able to show that mice trained to fear a specific odor would pass these emotions down through generations, presumably enabling future mice to be better prepared to deal with a similar situation. As Dr. Brian Dias of Emory University has explained, ‘Our results allow us to appreciate how the experiences of a parent, before even conceiving offspring, markedly influence both structure and function in the nervous system of subsequent generations.’ 25

Angel Insights : One day I was in my bedroom at home working on a project, so engrossed that I hadn’t looked away from the computer screen for some time. Suddenly I sensed a presence behind me. I could feel their energy, and the skin on my neck tingled like a kind of primal alarm system. I glanced up to see if someone, maybe my husband, had entered the room. Over my writing desk, which faced a wall, hung a large mirror. When I looked up at the mirror I could always see who was walking in the bedroom door behind me. But when I looked into the mirror that day I gasped. Standing just behind my desk chair was an angel: tall and graceful and very real. Although she appeared muted and soft, I could make out her features and her dress very clearly. She appeared to me the way most people report seeing a divine angel in physical form: wearing a long white robe with hair that fell in ringlets around her shoulders, donning a golden rope at her waist, and possessing two gigantic wings covered in hundreds of white feathers. The sheer size of these wings alone terrified me! Her wings seemed so powerful. In fact, there was an energy coming off this incredible being that was, frankly, intimidating. I knew at once when I saw her that this was a mighty creature, capable of more than I could guess.

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