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In a world that's frequently turbulent, the kitchen provides safety and help, like a monastery. Similarly, when feeling lost in emotional cyclones, the Kitchen Tarot provides strength and guidance, too. Both the kitchen and the blizzard derive its powers from a calm center. Just like a person. 

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The Kitchen Tarot, when blended with the philosophy of numerology, provides organic food-for-thought. To tarot, October brings with it the energies of the number One as our main course—month #10, when added to the year 2016 becomes 1+0+2+0+1+6=10, whose sum total breaks down (1+1) to 1—making this a month for new beginnings, focused consciousness, ingenuity, and individuality. Of October and this month's challenge, Shakespeare says: "God has given you one face, and you make yourself another." 

Like the classic Magician tarot card, Kitchen Tarot's card One—Salt & Pepper—makes things happen. Salt is the policeman of taste: it keeps flavors in order and restrains the stronger from tyrannizing the weaker. At one point in time, a pound of black pepper could buy a serf his freedom. This month, independence, initiative and confidence is your entree. Salt & Pepper gives you the pull-out-a-plum thumbs up to escape all hum-drum, fly, go solo. During October, you're worth your weight in salt. Walk proud, and carry a big pepper mill.

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The Salt & Pepper card invokes the warmth of the summer sun, the exuberant energy of Aries, and cleverness of Mercury. Allow the Sun in Scorpio to help you convert your old wounds, as well as the old wounds of others, into brilliant new opportunities. Call everyone to the table. Offer a toast and a Halloween of health. You can never re-create the past, of course. But you can shape your own future, and make a cake.

Salt & Pepper's October Affirmation:                                                                  I express myself lucidly and positively.

Susan Shie is an acclaimed master artist from Ohio, and the creator-artist of The KItchen Tarot. Visit: www.turtlemoon.com. She asked me to write the book, and Hay House published it .