Astrology - Zodiac Signs Tarot Reading and Numerology

Divination and Astrology learn how too
Divination and Astrology learn how too

How many of us turn to the Astrology page in the Newspaper each day? I would imagine that there are thousands of people across the world who want to know what's in store for them. In fact a lot of readers take Astrology and their sign of the Zodiac very seriously.

And for good reason too. The Zodiac which we all know is our birth sign, has in fact a very interesting history behind it. I bet you didn't know that the word Zodiac is actually thousands of years old.

Many people think that Astrology and Astronomy are worlds apart, excuse the pun! It actually came into being back in Roman and early Greek history. But before that the Babylonians 2,500 years ago began to study the Planets. In plain English, its all to do with how our Planets revolve around the Sun. And how the Constellations all relate to Celestial movement.


Zodiac: Greek ζῳδιακός, zōidiakos

Explaining it in simple terms, the zodiac is a circle consisting of twelve 30 degree divisions of celestial longitude which are centered on the ecliptic.

The Sun crosses the celestial sphere over the course of one year. The Moon and other Planets are also close to the ecliptic too. This is called the belt of Zodiac.

Hence the word Zodiac.

These twelve divisions are called Signs, which we know as the Signs of the Zodiac.Got it?

Cool eh?

Of course because the divisions or Signs are regular and the Galaxy isn't we notice that they don't always correspond with how the Planets move round the sun.

For example the Sign of Gemini, or the constellation of Gemini is not actually in the night sky in June. Its seen from January to May and in the North the best times are January and February.





The signs of the Zodiac
The signs of the Zodiac

Zodiac Animal Signs

So what does the word Zodiac actually mean? Have you guessed yet? Yes its Circle of Animals. You can see where I am going with this can't you?

And it was the Greeks then the Romans, using earlier data who named all the Signs. By looking at each star they could draw a pattern between the stars which then took the shape of an animal. Of course they do use humans too, for example the twins in Gemini.

And the zodiac is the band or path of any given body. In other words, the path of each Planet.

Phew, confusing eh?

But it was the Babylonians who gave each month of the year a birth sign, and an animal. But what has this got to do with Astrology?

We all love taking a look at our daily Horoscope to see what's in store for us. If you want a free Tarot Reading check out Tarot.

And why not take a look at your daily Horoscope to see what's in store for you each and every day of the week.

Leo the lion sign of the zodiac and astrology
Leo the lion sign of the zodiac and astrology

Hellenistic Egypt.

So now we have got all the Scientific confusion out of the way, who started using Astrology in the first place? And how do they correspond it to each person, or at least attach it if you like to a particular Celestial body?

Well, according to literary sources, it is believed that the Horoscopic astrology started out in the Mediterranean area. Probably Hellenistic Egypt.They believe it was around the first or second century BCE or (BC).

Evidently the first Sign, or ascendant was named horoskopos. Makes sense now doesn't it?

There are lots of different ways to read or chart someones life through Astrology.



Sagitarius sign of the zodiac
Sagitarius sign of the zodiac

Branches of Astrology.

Natal Astrology:

This is constructed when a baby is born. This includes the date, time and place where the baby is born.

Mundane Astrology:

No it doesn't mean boring, but yes it does involve politics! The word mundane is taken from the Roman word Mundus, meaning world. The Astrologer will be looking at world events and what will influence them.


Electional Astrology:

Concerns a new job or starting a business.

Horary Astrology:

This is a bit more convoluted. This is when an Astrologer has to look for answers to a specific question based on where the question was asked, who it involves and the motives involved, on both the questioner and surrounding public.

The Tarot
The Tarot

Divination and the Tarot.

From the beginning of time we have always been fascinated by people who claim to be able to tell our fortune. Whether we want to know about love or money, how our lives will pan out or just everyday problems.

There is just something so mysterious about seeing a reader lay out the pack of Tarot Cards. The atmosphere around both reader and client becomes mesmerizing. We sit on the edge of our seats watching the reader shuffle the cards, then seeing them fall onto the table, believing each card is random, but guessing its not.

But where did the Tarot start?

Well, it was first known as Trionfi, then later, tarock, or Italian tarrocchi. It is literally a pack of 78 cards, used in the mid 15th century mainly in Europe just to play card games.

The French name, Tarot is believed to come from Francois Rabelais. He first called them tarau.

Then in the 18th Century mystics and occultists got their hands on them, and started using them for divination.

Just like a normal deck of cards, the Tarot has four suits. Four face cards, and ten pip cards.

There are also another 21 cards and a single card called the Fool.These are named the Major Arcana, and the other deck consisting of four suits is the Minor Arcana.

There are some sources that state the Tarot cards go back as far as Ancient Egypt or the Kabbalah, but there is no definite proof of this.

Numerology how to read numbers
Numerology how to read numbers

Numerology.

The study and use of numbers in divination. Many people throughout history believed that numbers are magical.

Each usage of a number can mean the difference between life and death, or wealth and good luck.

A belief in the coincidence of certain numbers probably started when strange events or tragedies happened at a particular time, and then a pattern emerged that showed a certain number was involved, such as 7.

Funnily enough, the original use of Numerology was started by Mathematicians using something called Isopsephy, which translates to 'equal'.

This involved adding up the number values of letters in single words to get the math answer.

To make sense of this, we have to look back at the Greeks. Evidently ancient Greeks didn't have numbers, so they used letters to count.

It was only when Arabic Numerals were taken and adapted from Indian numerals did the numbers we know today start to come into use.

The strange thing is that there is a belief that letters were only invented in the first place as a means to add things up! Amazing eh?

Ancient Mysticism.

Our fascination with divination these days is not a modern idea. Many people believe that it's a bit of fun, or something we should do because our friends have tried it. But its much more than that. There is a vast wealth of history behind each and every one of the above. See how our Numbers started, and why mathematicians used letters to check things out in nature.

How the Tarot started, purely because psychics and seers realized that there was more to the Cards than just playing a game.

And the amazing history of Astrology that is linked to the Stars and Constellations. Each one weaving down through history and mysticism.

So the next time you go to get your Tarot cards read, or find out what your name in numbers means, just remember, many wise men and women came before you. Don't take it lightly!

© 2014 Nell Rose

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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

An interesting and informative hub, Nell. I learned a lot from your background information -so interesting. I love reading my horoscope but have always taken it with a grain of salt. I did the tarot card reading on your site and that was fascinating. I guess mankind has been looking to the stars for centuries to explain or know the future. I am not into numerology although that looks interesting also. Great hub! Voted up and shared!


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Radcliff 2 years ago from Hudson, FL

The history behind different forms of divination is fascinating. I remember getting my cards read years ago. She asked if I was pregnant and I said no, I didn't plan to have any children and I was 36 at the time. She said I would be soon. Six months later . . . you guessed it! Then while I was pregnant, another woman performed some fortune-telling trick with my wedding band and a strand of hair. She predicted I would have another girl. Now here we are with two girls. Thanks for the interesting read, Nell!


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

I still don't know how seriously I take astrology and numerology...let's say I'm open to the idea of it and leave it at that. :) Nice research, Nell...good food for thought.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Thanks suzette, I often wondered when all of them started, who started them and so on, I was really surprised to find out how old they all were, thanks as always, nell


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RachaelOhalloran 2 years ago from United States

This was a very informative article. I don't believe in it, but I enjoy reading about it. My daughters are forever dragging me to card readers, usually once a year around our birthdays. So in the last 40 years I've been to at least 40 card readers and not one has ever gotten anything right. After the first five years, I stopped looking forward to all the great things they said would happen to me. One told me I was going to actually win the lottery - she was that specific, when all others were very vague. And of course, I didn't win the lottery. :(

One said I was going to suffer a very serious illness very soon that would leave me severely debilitated, unable to walk or to take care of myself. That was over 25 years ago and I'm still getting around very well. lol

I don't put a lot of stock in card readers or any of the other stuff mostly because I haven't met anyone who has come close to getting their predictions correct. Still, this article was very good to read.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

That's amazing Radcliff, I read the Tarot and told a friend of mine she was having twins, and yep there they were! in fact I told her she was pregnant, she went white in the face, she knew she was but nobody else did at the time! lol! thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Thanks Billy, the Tarot is really familiar to me, Astrology not so much as I have never really taken a lot of notice of it, but it is fascinating, numerology is really interesting, but not sure how or why it works! lol! thanks again, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Rachael, lol! not even one? oh dear! as for the one who told you about illness that is so wrong, you can always tell the frauds, they come up with this sort of rubbish, sorry you missed out on a good reading, but you did make me laugh so that's what matters! lol! thanks for reading, nell


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

I have always suspected that math and numbers underlie much more than we know, only it is too complex for us to understand at this point in human development. Your review was interesting and connected the dots better as to what animals have to do with the rest it. I had always wondered about that. I am a Leo.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Flourish, thanks so much for reading, yes numbers are really complex, and the fact that the Greeks didn't have numbers so used letters amazed me, I never knew that until I researched it, glad you liked it, nell


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hi Nell…

What an interesting and fun hub. I think astrology is fun, but not something I take seriously. A friend of mine did my chart once; she said I was a Taurus/Gemini with a lot of Aquarius and Sagittarius. But I still don’t know what all of that means. I had a Tarot reading some time ago as a lark, and will never do it again. She was so close to the truth in terms of details and specifics that she couldn’t have known, it was downright spooky. (I decided I don't want to know my future.) You did a splendid job with your research and presenting all of the fascinating background info…it’s a provocative subject. Voted up and shared.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Genna, lol! I am not that good at interpreting it either! yes most of the good tarot readers do hit the mark I know, I read the tarot and many say its spookily real, I won't elaborate just give them the facts, thanks so much for reading and liking it, nell


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Stevennix2001 2 years ago

interesting hub.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Astrology has always fascinated me! Interesting and informative hub. Great hub, voted up.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Really interesting Nell. I think all forms of fortune telling are based on some truth and even scientific probability and if done properly can be incredibly accurate. That said, I don't take much stock in mass produced astrology predictions appearing in every newspaper and magazine. These are much to general predictions. I do follow numerology and often use my number 6 in a wide range of situations. I found the history an especially good read. Voted up.


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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee

Nell, an excellent introductory article on the subjects! I especially enjoyed your info about Numerology, as I use it often in choosing titles for stories and character names. And the facts of its history are always impressive. I wish more people that like to say they are scientifically (and mathematically) inclined knew half of what they think they know!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Thanks Steven, Vellur, Jodah, and Beth, glad you liked it and thanks for reading, Jodah, yes I totally agree with you, not the mags or newspapers but the real divination is really fascinating and accurate. And Beth, I didn't realise that you did that, how amazing!


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savvydating 2 years ago

Nell Rose, Your hub is perfect for people who are interested in the history of divination. I know that whenever I study a subject, I like to go back to the roots. The mathematics behind the study of Numerology absolutely gives one pause. My birth number is 9 and I have to say it fits me really well. Anyway, I enjoyed your article so very much.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

As always, you did a good job with your research. I have to say, I just take all this stuff with a grain of salt. I think it's the "Big Man" upstairs who holds all the strings in our lives. I guess I believe in "predestination" . I think our lives are programmed from the time we are conceived.

Voted UP, etc and shared.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi savvy, thanks, yes the mathematics fascinated me too, who knew that they only used letters back then? thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi mary, yes you maybe right, sometimes I do think, well that was strange, and it makes me wonder if time itself has written itself all at once maybe, but I do think divination comes in handy if you like because if everything is already written out, then maybe that's why it does work, by reading the Tarot cards for example we are 'seeing' a part of the future, thanks as always, nell


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sunilkunnoth2012 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

An interesting read. You have neatly presented your ideas on this great topic. I do believe in Astrology and consult astrologers when situation demands. Tarot reading is an interesting subject and I would love to learn a little bit. People have great faith in these things. I have got a large viewership for my hubs on Feng Shui and my inbox are flooding with several requests related to personal queries and seeking solution. As always you have done a very good research and that is well reflected here. Thank you for sharing such nice information here.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Thank you so much sunilkunnoth, I am glad you liked it. Fengu Shui fascinates me so I will come over and take a look, thanks so much, nell


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

Well researched and naturally conveyed. I learnt so much on this subject which I find fascinating. Voted up and shared.

Eddy.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Eddy, thanks so much for reading, and great to see you, nell


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

I use to follow my sign but it just never was right, lol. I know though men have gone by the sun moon and stars forever about gardening; birthing and many other things so there is def something to it. Interesting study. Great job and pictures.

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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is great Nell. I had a fortune teller tell me that i would have four children, WRONG.. I have never had the tarot cards, but i would like to. I read my horoscope, it's fun. I read that Nancy Reagan goes regularly to an astrologer before she makes any decisions. I enjoyed learning the history of the zodiac. The universe has always been interesting to me, so much out there, so much we don't know. Voted up and shared on twitter..


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

That's so true Jackie, people have been using these methods for centuries, so something must be right about them, thanks for reading, and great to see you!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Ruby, I didn't realise that Nacy Reagan goes to an astrologer! that's fascinating! yes sometimes they do get it completely wrong, maybe they are having an off day or are just not good enough to do it, some people have the knack others don't, thanks so much, nell


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

Very interesting and well researched article!

I find all these very interesting but how much I analyse myself on the basis of this, I am not very sure. But my husband reads such literature with keen interest and I must admit, he is very good at it.

You shared some interesting history and I will pass this on to him.

Thanks for sharing this informative and interesting hub!


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heidithorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

I definitely have enjoyed getting tarot readings at events. But I don't look at it as so much fortune telling as gathering insight from the universe. Voted up and interesting!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

I used to read my horoscope religiously. When I was dating I even bought a book about the different signs and who was most compatible with whom. Numerology has always fascinated me as well. For instance, I was born 3/3/57. 5+7=12. 1+2=3. So, 3 is a favorite number of mine. Additionally, 3+3+3=9. 3 is the square root of 9. Cool, huh?

I'm going to go back into the links you provide above and have some fun.

Great post, Nell!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Thanks Chitrangada for reading, have a wonderful weekend, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Same here Heidi, I totally believe in it because I read the Tarot myself, so I know what you mean, and thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi bravewarrior, that's great! I love it too, especially numerology, numbers have always fascinated me, and after doing numerology a while ago it was fascinating to see the similarities of my personality with it, fun stuff but interesting too, thanks, nell


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is an interesting and informative hub, Nell. I love reading about ancient beliefs and the ways in which they have influenced modern ones!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Alicia, thanks so much for reading, and have a wonderful weekend, nell


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I read my horoscope daily during my school days now I don't bother much about it. An interesting insight from you.


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travmaj 2 years ago from australia

How fascinating, the background history was most informative. I have tarot cards but rarely use them these days, they are mightily accurate. Perhaps getting older means I don't really want to know! Yikes, what a confession. Thanks Nell, great reading.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi DDE, thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi travmaj, lol! that's okay, I am getting there too! I still read my Tarot cards, in fact a lot of people come up to me in the street to ask for readings! thanks for reading, nell


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Good day Nell Nell How are you? hope your swelled and having a fantasticlicious day whooo hooo. I am like sooo awesome .

Anyway lol i do believe in astrology etc to a certain extent not always they are accurate with their daily predictions especially in the news papers. For instance the will say today you will meet someone you never met in a long time and yeah right the day goes away and i meet NO ONE.

It had to be there for a long while because through that the three wise men was able to locate where the messiah was which is over 2000 years ago. They use astrology to find the star :)

Thanks for sharing this Madam Moselle Nell. When can i have my reading ? LOL kidding, but can you ? ha ha ha


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Jo, lol! yes I am having a fantasticlicious day! I have done Astrology before too and sometimes its really great! and of course you are right, the three wise men did locate the messiah with it, I never thought of that! click on the link about to my other hub, and you will see! lol!


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

I don't quiet understand what you are telling me to do can you speak English please. " click on the link about to my other hub, and you will see! lol!" Or do you mean click the link above!

Lol will do you seem to have been in a lot watching you very closely now with my four eyes.


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

LOL i did check out your other hub :)

Thanks lol


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

lol! if you want a reading just put in the three cards you pick and I will do a reading for you, okay?


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

LOL! I see what you mean! Duh! I meant to say 'above'!


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

LOL then say what you mean :) lol


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

LOL! yes ma'am! as the Americans say! haha!


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aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

There are many unexplained things out there. The mysteries of the universe shall NOT be taken lightly.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Thanks Deb, yes we never know which ones really do work or not, but sometimes they really amaze me with their accuracy, thanks as always, nell


shreya barot 2 years ago

Hi... I just want to know about myself... I'm interested in horoscope madely.will u please tell me something about my future???


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Shreya, I am sorry but I don't actually read Astrology, this was purely about the history of each divination, I am sure there are others out there that can help you.


shreya 2 years ago

Hi Nell. As u described in your posts, there's some interesting history related to past life and some lived people .... I had just that kind of experience in my life ... Sometimes I go somewhere and feel that I've seen it before.... Is this possible???


shreya 2 years ago

Gm. Have a nice day.. :)


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Check out my free tarot hub, I will give you a reading there.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Sorry didn't see this comment, yes I do believe its possible, many people believe they have lived before, have you ever been to see a regression therapist? they can help you to 'see' what's happened in a past life before, good luck!


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Lol nell so you do readings ? Can i have one plz lol


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hiya Jo, yes of course! Just click on my hub link above the comments, the tarot one, okay?

and just follow the instructions, see ya soon!


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

lol nell okay


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Hey i have no idea where to find email on hubpages crazy set up. If you know email me and i will get yours that way. Thanks nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hiya Jo, missed this one! lol! glad we got it sorted out, thanks for the email back.


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PurvisBobbi44 24 months ago from Florida

Hi Nell Rose,

I am still trying to catch up on reading hubs. Being in bed almost 3 months with a broken leg took a toll on my hubs and reading other hubs. It did not seem to hurt my Blogger account it seems to have a life of its own or I could have a ghostwriter.HA!

Anyway, I enjoy reading about Astrology, Karma, Reincarnation and etc.

I voted amazing because when you select a topic---what you write is amazing.

Have a great new week.

Bobbi Purvis


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Nell Rose 24 months ago from England Author

Hi Bobbi, thanks so much, I never realised that you had a broken leg! I hope its healing well for you. And no, that's not why your hubs have dropped, its happened all over the place here. I was on quite a few views a day, now I have lost 90 percent of my readers a day! nightmare! I am writing on bubblews more these days while this is going on, I will write here again, but its a bit like swimming upstream! thanks for reading, nell

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