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Whether you’re looking for some clarity on your crush, insight into that promotion at work (fingers crossed), or wondering if that girl’s trip is a good idea, it might be time for you to try a tarot card reading.
Since the 15th century, people have turned to the tarot deck for guidance on what their future holds. Getting your tarot cards read can help you to answer questions big and small, so your path is equipped with insight and intuition. Simply put, it’s an easy (and exciting) practice of self-help—and self-love.
The tarot deck consists of 78 cards, split into the Major and Minor Arcana. Think of the Major Arcana as the Hollywood A-list celebrities (known as the trump cards) of the deck. The Empress. The Lover. The Devil. The Fool. The structure of human consciousness. A reading with many trump cards is powerful and can suggest that the situation in question is out of your hands and is left to ‘fate.’
The Minor Arcana (the suit cards) are like the supporting cast members, adding more insight and perspective to the reading. If your spread is full of suits, you’re being guided to take ownership over your journey.
The Minor Arcana relates to the four elements: air, water, earth, and fire. These are depicted through illustrations depicted on the tarot cards, which can help you understand your reading on a deeper level:
Swords = Air
A reading with many sword cards can mean you might be over-thinking things—or you might need to examine the details a bit more finely. Swords represent communication and logic.
Cups = Water
The cups are a container for our emotions and emphasize our relationship to our feelings about ourselves—and others. You can either see them as half full or half empty. The choice is yours.
Pentacles = Earth
These coins represent our material world. Anything you can physically touch. Money, that new shirt, the roof over your head. Concerns among a tarot read with a lot of pentacles are usually practical and related to our resources.
Wands = Fire
Wands are usually an indicator that action or growth is possible (and potentially emanate). Maybe it is about that promotion—or the person you’ve got your eye on.
If you’re ready to experience your first tarot card reading, there are a few things you should know so you can fully embrace the power of the tarot. Trust me, it’s an amazing experience.
We get it, it’s easy to be skeptical of any wellness practice that doesn’t have much scientific backing. The practice of tarot is designed to be a guideline for roadblocks in your life and can be interpreted in a way that positively directs you. Allow your reading to empower you. Otherwise, if what you learn doesn’t resonate, feel free to leave it at the door!
Be specific on what you want to gain from the reading.
Come to the reading with some specific scenarios in mind on what you’d like to gain clarity on. You can ask things like, “what is holding me back from getting ____?” or “should I move to New York City?” The more specific your question, the easier it is to apply the meaning of the cards to what you’re going through.
Let go of fear over a ‘dooming reading’
When I was younger, I was terrified of tarot and psychics because I was convinced they would tell me about an impending disaster. As it turns out, there is no such thing as a “bad reading.” The Death card in the deck actually signifies the end of a cycle and can be a truly positive part of a reading for those going through a tough time, indicating it will soon be over.
Bring a journal — or record the reading on your phone.
Insights from your reading can be powerful and healing, but they can’t help you provide direction if you don’t remember them. Instead of trying to ingest the information at the speed of light (there will be a lot to listen to), your tarot reader won’t mind if you take notes or record the session. It will only help, not hinder, your experience.
Do it regularly.
The more often you pull your cards, the more familiar you become with the lessons to be learned from each reading. From acquiring your own deck and learning the way of the tarot to getting weekly (or monthly) readings from a professional, it’s essential to stay in tune with your intuition—and the divine forces that influence our earthly energy.
Does a tarot card reading tickle your fancy? Is Mercury Retrograde kicking your ass? I gave my friend three different readings, and yes, she's feeling that big moon energy. See what cards she got (hint: she might have pulled The Devil card).
Have you ever watched that oh-so-sweaty person leave their workout machine without wiping it down? Yuck. The Clorox wipes, paper towels, bottles of sanitizing spray are at your gym (and studio) for a reason— because no one wants to share bacteria. But now that our living quarters, even that tiny Upper Westside studio, have become our own personal fitness paradise, we’ve got one question: Is your at-home workout equipment *really* clean?
Research has found that bacteria can live on some gym equipment (weights, mats, you name it) for three days. That’s right, 72 full hours. And your yoga mat or those dumbbells you just got delivered from Amazon so you can slay that new virtual class you just booked on Mindbody are susceptible to the same stat. While it may seem silly to clean your own “stuff” because you’re the only one using it, think about where your hands have been before you pick up those weights. Perhaps your apartment complex’s keypad? Bacteria knows no boundaries.
From your resistance bands to your brand spanking new (and yes, most likely backordered) kettlebell, the gear you’re using at home could use a good wash, rinse, repeat—especially if you’re sharing it with someone you’re stuck at home with (like your S/O or stir-crazy housemate). Even if you’re the queen of clean (like me... just ask my co-worker, Natalie), here are six tips on how to keep your gear germ-free and looking good. Because we know all those classes you’ve been streaming are making you a fitness guru.
You not only want to clean the dirt off your workout equipment, you want to sanitize it. Clean gets the dirt, sanitizing takes care of the bad stuff (aka bacteria). Before you start getting crazy with the bleach or a DIY deodorizer, you’ll want to take into account the surface you are about to wipe down. Something like your treadmill, Peleton bike, resistance bands or bench press bench can be damaged by certain chemicals and at-home cleaners. If you’re worried about your equipment, opt for disinfectant wipes especially made for gym equipment, like all-natural Wipex. Plus, it’s never a bad idea to keep some hand sanitizer next to your workout station.
Clorox wipes have become the hottest household item of 2020—and we are guessing so has virtual yoga. If you’re not a huge fan of using chemicals you can’t pronounce and throw-away wipes on equipment like your Manduka mat, there are all-natural antibacterial cleaning options that will make Mother Earth proud. Who doesn’t want to make their cleaning routine a little more green? Companies like cleancult (we called them out in our 20/20 trends), offer effective, all-natural products delivered right to your door in recycled milk cartons —and they pair perfectly with your go-to disinfectants. Cleancult’s versatile All-Purpose Cleaner is my fave for wiping down workout gear, especially yoga mats (and almost everything in my home). The Saponified Coconut Oil acts as the “heavy lifter” without harsh chemicals. After working out, spray your surface(s), wait for a couple of seconds and wipe away with a reusable towel (or an old gym t-shirt you use as a rag).
While knowing what surface you’re cleaning is key, some of your equipment might benefit from DIY solutions. Before you roll up your sleeves and become the Harry Potter of cleaning solutions, invest in a glass spray bottle (or reuse an old plastic one). Oh, and break out the essential oils because they are about to boost your at-home fitness (and cleaning) routine. Most of the DIY cleaning “recipes” you find on Pinterest include ingredients you have at home—like vinegar, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. My must-use DIY cleaner is vinegar-based (with 10-12 drops of essential oils). It’s powerful yet natural enough that I feel more confident laying facedown in Savasana with my oh-so-sensitive skin after that yoga class in NYC I just streamed from San Diego.
Now that cleaning your at-home workout gear is part of your routine (hint, hint), letting your equipment dry is key. If you’re cleaning your more expensive exercise machine with some cleaning solutions that have a “smell” or you want it to dry faster, trying turning on a fan or crack open the window to keep the air circulating. If you’re just cleaned a more porous surface (like your yoga mat) hang it outside to dry—over a railing, a chair, bike rack... you get the gist. While fresh air is good, UV rays are not. Certain materials that make workout gear can breakdown in the sun, and you don’t want to get burned before your next workout sesh.
While cleaning your equipment might seem like a no-brainer, it can be easy to ignore the surrounding area where you work out. The title of this section tells you what you need to know—don’t forget to clean and sanitize the floor where you exercise. Just think of it this way, while you’re killing it in your virtual fitness class, your hard work is being noticed, by the floor that is, as your sweat beads go flying. And last time I checked; vacuuming doesn’t do the trick for dried sweat. After class, wipe down the area around your workout space with cleaning products that are conducive to the floor. Working out on carpet? Consider switching areas or look into sanitizing and deodorizing spray for material surfaces.
The most important part of cleaning and sanitizing your workout equipment is sticking to a schedule. If you’re forgetful (like me), keep your supplies adjacent to the area where you enjoy working out. And do it on the daily. Seeing the supplies will be a reminder to clean and sanitize before (and after) you get your sweat on—because who doesn’t love starting out their class on a cleanly note? Mother would be proud! PS: don’t forget to wash your hands!
Do you have any at-home cleaning and sanitizing tips you swear by when it comes to your workout routine? From DIY to cult-favorite products, we want to know! Tag @mindbody on Instagram to let us know! Stay clean, safe and sanitized our friends!