A 2018 Theme Reading for Myself!

Happy 2018! I know we’re already a week into the year, but I finally had a chance today to sit down and go in depth into the cards I drew for myself for 2018. It ended up being an interesting, insightful, and guiding reading for me, even though I felt pretty unimpressed upon first look at the cards. That’s the thing about tarot cards, they can go deep if you are willing to take the plunge.

You can try out this spread for yourself or I’m happy to do a reading for you using this spread. You can hop over to my email tarot readings page and order one up any time this month. I’d be so excited to hear from you.

In the meantime, let’s see what the cards had to say for my 2018. Whoopee!

Linestrider Tarot Deck

My overall theme for 2018: Queen of Wands reversed
My theme for 2018, as represented by the Queen of Wands reversed, is centered on an internal connection to and exploration of Fire energy. This year, I will take a long look at my inner fire, inner creativity, spirit, passion, light, brilliance, and inspiration. I’m not a naturally fiery person, but we all have this place inside of us where our spirit resides. Perhaps the fact that I don’t usually connect with Fire energy is why the Queen of Wands has shown up as my 2018 theme, in order to point out to me where inside me of me could use more focus and attention.

I intend to get really comfortable with spirit this year, the kind of deep down familiarity that takes time to develop. I intend to explore the element of Fire and what its light can help me create and manifest in this world. The Queens are already focused internally and this reversal points inward as well, indicating a push to gain clarity on what my soul calling is, what I actually desire to be doing with my life. I am relatively content with the work I do, my home situation, my relationships, my path towards my best health, and so forth. But what is the point of all of that? What is the meaning? Why am I here in this body on this Earth at this time? The Queen of Wands reversed asks me to look within and endeavor to answer that question for myself, listening to the calling of my soul.

One reason I’m interpreting this card as being all about me, and not a theme of being influenced by people coming into my life who are Queen of Wands types, is the reversal. My wife is such a Queen of Wands, and this reversal says to me, “Hey, this year isn’t about Kristen and what she wants and what she is doing. This year is about you and your connection to what lights you up inside.” So often, Kristen and my own desires, needs, and wants overlap, so there is some murkiness is separating out my own voice clearly from all those ambitions. And, of course, there are many things I want for Kristen and helping her lights up my little heart. Overall, the theme for 2018 is about my own passions in life and feeling like I’m connected to my higher purpose.

My greatest obstacle in 2018: Page of Wands reversed
My greatest obstacle is getting stuck in Page of Wands exploration and not progressing to Queen of Wands mastery. I shall not be immature and miss my growth! Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing bad about Page of Wands energy, but it is less developed and in control than Queen of Wands energy. The Page is about new beginnings, but I’ve already come so far on my journey of internal discovery and exploration. I don’t want to stay in that phase of “just figuring things out”. I want to take what I have learned and get to the next level of development.

Leveling up is difficult work. It requires belief, trust, and holding onto a vision of myself that is, as yet, unrealized. The Page of Wands wants to distract me with new ideas, tangents or run away creative pursuits that are far afield from my objectives. The Page sees something shiny and amazing and wanders off in wonder. That can’t be me this year. I know so much already that I can process and synthesize in order to transform to a higher level of my conscious development. I am in the middle of this transformative energy, which is a challenging place to be. It’s not a comfortable place, it’s not a glamorous place. It lacks the pizazz of a new beginning that the Page of Wands loves, but I will stay the course this year knowing that distractions will abound.

Those distractions could also take the form of messages from the outside world. Pages often represent messengers and we all know what it feels like to be inundated with outside messages that conflict with or contradict our inner guidance. This year I must be wary and questioning of information and news from the environment around me. Oftentimes, I take information at face value, as factual and true, and that can be damaging or hurtful. Truth is subjective to our individual experience and interpretation. On my inner journey of self development, I will not be distracted or dismayed by messengers trying to block or rewind my progress. When we grow, we also outgrow, and that can include no longer running with the same crowd, following the same news outlets, or believing in the same spiritual constructs.

My greatest support in 2018: Knight of Pentacles
The Knight of Pentacles is my rock in the year ahead. He gently reminds me to, “Just keep going, plod, plod, plod along with unceasing dedication and devotion to the goal.” There is a grounded belief in success due to prolonged effort embedded  within this Knight’s aura. He is serious and calm. I will not be distracted from my purpose. I will not get hot-headed or overemotional above my challenges, successes, and failure. His energy doesn’t quit when faced with setbacks or hardships or a long bumpy road. It’s just one foot in front of the other. The the only way to make progress is to keep trying and keep taking steps along my path. I am guided by the Knight of Pentacles with his steadfast and dedicated energy.

A lot of the steps probably aren’t going to be particularly glamorous or awe-inspiring, but they will be rewarding and deeply gratifying in my body. One of my major goals for 2018 is centered around a healthy body, so this Knight gives me support in the area of health. He is also a harbinger of financial security, so he gives me a little pep in my step that I won’t be worrying greatly about finances in the year ahead. The Knight of Pentacles is also a symbol of a solid relationship with a steady partner- also great news. Taking my mind off health concerns, money matters, and relationship upheavals gives me more head space for self-development and consciousness raising. I want to delve into the meaning of my existence, not the everyday drama of my life situation.

I am not much of an Earth energy person, so if you’re following along that means I’m mostly a Water and Air energy person. Water and Air are the feminine elements, associated with being and intuition. Fire and Water are the masculine elements representing action and practicality. The first trilogy of cards in this reading all have this masculine, action-oriented vibe about them, but I’m writing about an internal development of raising my consciousness to align with my higher purpose. I like the idea of applying active and practical energy to an internal process. I’m not going to feel my way towards this or think my way into an understanding. I’m going to do things this year to answer this calling. I will seek out meditation groups, consciousness classes, books and podcasts about self-development, etc. I’m exciting to be doing something about my questions and quest for my higher calling this year.

I see these first three court cards as different aspects of my own personality. We all hold the potential for each of the personality types that the court cards represent, just like we all hold all the signs of the zodiac within our charts. The Queen of Wands reversed advises me to go on in an internal journey of self-discovery leading towards the raising of my consciousness and seeking my higher purpose. The Pages of Wands reversed reminds me not to be distracted by messages and opportunities that are unrelated to my purpose and only slow my progress. The Knight of Pentacles is my rock who is on a slow roll ever forward without falter, no matter how minuscule my progress or difficult the journey.

Message from Fire: VIII of Cups reversed
The dominant element in this reading is Fire with total of three cards from the Fire suit of Wands. The card I drew for as a message from Fire is Water card, though. Go figure! Water is associated with the emotional realm, and being a rather Watery person myself, I hear the VIII of Cups reversed a message to walk away from old ideas of “who I am”. Just because my Sun and rising sign are in Water signs does not mean I have to be emotional about everything. I contain multitudes of personalities and choices. I can decide to leave an old identity in the past if it no longer fits with who I really am. The personality, the identity, the ego, these are all words for the armor we use to hide or protect our true selves from the world. When we take away our armor, we reveal the shining light that is our essence, our core, our soul.

The VIII of Cups reminds me that it can be difficult to leave the ego behind. I have so carefully constructed the fortress of my personality to make me feel safe and special. When I shed that, or transform that, I am walking into the unknown. The mystery of what is possible for me is terrifying and makes me want to scramble back into the shell of my old self. Growth requires risk and getting out of my comfort zone. It is scary, but is so worth it. I have to keep reminding myself that I want the unknown, I want growth, I don’t want or have to be like I am now. I am expansive and limitless.

The VIII of Cups reversed is an excellent indication of change in the realm of Fire, representing creativity, passion, and spirituality. The reversal says that this change will come from within, a shift in emotional capacity, emotional intelligence, or emotional perspective is needed. It is time for me to take a journey, mostly metaphysically, but also travel is a loved and needed way for me to expand. This year I already have plans to travel to New Orleans, Walla Walla, and Nicaragua. These types of trips open my heart and mind so much. It is time for me to take a leap forward, to develop a new way of being, and go on a spiritual journey. Here I go!

Message from Earth: VII of Cups
The practical, grounded realm of Earth reminds me that there are always evaluations, options, and choices to make in life. The challenge of the VII of Cups is to decipher which opportunities are real and which are illusions. It isn’t always easy to emotionally distance or untangle myself from any given situation. I often lead with my heart and ask myself, “How does this make me feel? If I did this instead, how would that make me feel?” My emotions can be wildly inaccurate and lead me astray. Earth nudges me to examine this practice and perhaps shy away from it a little bit in the year ahead. I may benefit from a more balanced approach, rather than leaning too heavily upon my emotions.

The VII cards are also about a turning point or a transition. When faced with the multitude of options that lie before me, I can shatter the illusion of overwhelming choice, recognize my chosen path and more forward with clarity. It is time to make dreams, hopes, and wishes into reality instead of pie in the sky aspirations. Earth lets me know that I need to do the work. I must take action instead of just sitting around wishing. I know what my wishes are, it’s time to bring in the how of accomplishing them.

Earth energy is about the practical elements of our lives, like work, health, and home. The VII of Cups, representing, possibility and choices, may cause me to think, “Oh, there are many ways to be healthy,” but in reality, the only way to be healthy is to eat right and exercise. I will do that. The VII of Cups may say, “Oh, you’ll find a great new apartment, there are tons of them.” Actually, there may be few that meet my needs so I better be proactive about getting there to rent the dream home before someone else shows up and nabs it. The VII of Cups could say, “Financial security can mean different things to different people.” Sure, it can, but I only need to define it for myself and then make sure my income covers all my expenses and savings plans. It’s time to break through illusions of choice and just get on with the work already.

Message from Water: VI of Wands reversed
My 2018 message from Water is the VI of Wands reversed. I love how I got a Fire card as a message from Water and a Water card as a message from Fire. I seek balance and wholeness and this type of reading makes me smile. The VI of Wands reversed brings a message of internal triumph and victory. Generally, with a reversed VI of Wands I might warn that victory is far off, but the slant of the reading makes me write that victory will be known from within, perhaps with very little to no external recognition. I will feel an inspired sense of accomplishment and achievement surrounding the theme of raising my vibe and being more conscious this year. The VI is not an end point, but hurdles will be overcome and progress will be made.

The VI of Wands is often about being recognized and honored for your achievements. Reversed, I may find myself without any input from those around me or my external life situation to indicate that I’m doing much of anything to applaud. That is something that I will have to deal with as it happens. Will I feel unappreciated? unrecognized? let down? disappointed? I can’t count on the world around me to give me the messages of winning that I may hope for or deserve. I can be okay with that. I love meeting my own expectations and praising my own efforts. I can design and implement ways to recognize myself for my achievements so that I feel buoyed and joyful about the work I’m doing inside. This type of self admiration will meet my emotional needs for acknowledgment and praise.

Another aspect of this internal journey that I am on is a feeling of isolation. I may not be able to share my experiences and progress with those around me. People may tire of hearing what a great job I’m doing on my personal quest for self-development. People most like to talk about themselves and may become defensive or upset if I am on a rampage of talking about how great I am doing. I am a relatively private person in the first place, but this still sounds like a recipe for aloofness and extreme isolation. Water advises me to find like-hearted people who are also doing super well and following their soul path. I can strike a gentle balance with those closest to me, allowing them in on my journey without feeling judged that they are doing something less worthwhile with their time and energy.

Message from Air: The Lovers
Lastly, The Lovers is my message from Air and this is indeed an Air card, so the only element that matched up in this reading and the only Major Arcana card in this reading. Very interesting. Who doesn’t love The Lovers card? It speaks of love, personal values, beliefs systems, and unification. It sighs with contentment that I will be able to express my views and values with clarity and empathy this year. That is a relief after the potential humble brags denoted by the VI of Wands earlier in this reading. The Lovers tells me that I will be mentally attuned to my values and beliefs this year and be able to clearly understand and articulate my thoughts. I like that!

The Major Arcana factors gives a bit more significance to this card in the reading. Perhaps there is some gift I am meant to share in the realm of Air or it could indicate a big lesson I am ready to learn. Air represents the realm of the mind and communication, so The Lovers can signify an enhanced ability to connect on a mental level with myself and others, sharing my personal values and outlook on life and meaning. I can use these connections I am able to form to create friendships and deepen the relationships that I already have. One of my goals for 2018 is to make more friends, so finding people who share my values is something I am ready to pursue and can aptly communicate.

The Lovers can also indicate change and transition, making decisions that align with my true values and core essence in order to live my best life. There are many cards of change in this reading, which is something that I embrace and actually look forward to experiencing in 2018. At first glance, I wasn’t especially hyped on the cards I drew for 2018. I got two VIs, a VII, and VIII, which is a fun little run, but not beginning cards or ending cards which bring an edge of excitement to a reading. These high numbers indicate a continuation of lessons or explorations already undertaken but not yet complete. The same can be said for the three Court Cards which show development and areas to focus on for change within my personality and how I present myself to the world. I’ve really enjoyed exploring these cards more in depth and creating a story for my year that is a bit more interesting than my initial reaction to this draw.

If you are interested in having a 2018 reading with this spread, I’ll be offering it in my email readings selections. If you happen to be in Nashville, we could set up an in-person reading if you prefer. I’m wishing you clarity and vision for 2018!

New Year 2017 For Me! And For You Too?

Happy New Year! We are already one week into 2017 so I thought I would sit down and do my New Year Tarot Spread for 2017. I love doing a tarot reading for myself at the turning of the year. It is a very symbolic time of change, of turning over a new leaf, of beginning fresh. I’m easing into the new year this time around, taking much of January to make plans, transition, and set my intentions for the year. There is no rush to do it all at once, although I did pull my 12 cards, one for each month of the year, on New Year’s Day. What a wonderful way to start the year!

If you would like a 2017 New Year Reading, please get in touch 🙂 You can see an example of what you will receive below expect it will be all about you, instead of all about me! I’m also happy to do a 12 month ahead reading if that is more your thing. Just let me know! I’ll deliver you a beautiful PDF reading straight to your inbox ASAP so you can kick off 2017 with your best foot forward, full of insight and empowerment!

Here are the cards I drew for myself for 2017: img_4508

Reflecting on 2016
1. What are you ready to leave behind in 2016? What energy will no longer help support you in your life purpose going into 2017?– IX of Wands
2. What should you bring with you into 2017? What lessons did you learn in 2016 that will still be useful for you going forward?- Queen of Wand reversed
Manifesting Your Best 2017
3. How can you support your health and well-being in 2017?– II of Cups reversed
4. How can you nurture and foster loving and healthy relationships in 2017?- IX of Cups
5. How can you create a productive and worthwhile work environment in 2017?- The Empress reversed
Themes for 2017
6. What lessons will help you learn and grow in 2017?- VI of Pentacles reversed
7. What will be your greatest obstacles and challenges in 2017?- Queen of Cups
8. How can you use the Magician energy of 2017 to your advantage?- IX of Pentacles
9. What will be the overarching theme or energy of your 2017?- King of Swords

Reflecting on 2016:
Let’s start by processing a bit of last year, 2016. The first two cards I drew are both Wands cards, the IX of Wands reversed for what I need to leave behind me in 2016 and the Queen of Wands reversed for what I need to take with me into 2017. The Wands are action cards, fiery, passionate, inspired cards. Right off the bat I know that I need to leave some of that constant motion and push to be doing behind me in 2016. The IX of Wands is about stamina and determination. It is powering through, never giving up, doing whatever it takes to succeed even against the greatest odds. fullsizerenderThis reminds me of what I just wrote at the beginning of this post about easing into 2017. 2016 was a slog, it was difficult, it tested me and I spent the majority of the time just holding myself up and together. I’m not going to pull that same move this year. Instead of constant striving and action, I am going to give myself more down time and more time for being. I’m going to take time off when I’m tired and rest up instead of propping myself up when I am damaged and exhausted. When I show myself this type of care, I show myself love, and I always want to bring more love into my life. With adequate self-care who knows how much more I will be able to do with less effort and exhaustion.

The IX of Wands fading into the past is also a sign of success achieved. I have proven my strength, my courage, and my resilience. I have show great discipline and perseverance. Look at all that I have done! Look how far I have come! I am truly proud of my accomplishments and where I am at right now. I can take a break for a minute now. Life doesn’t have to be a constant forward march. Sometimes progress can reach a pinnacle or a plateau and I should just hang out and enjoy it. The grass is always greener, there are always more things we want to do, and it is hard to be satisfied. The IX of Wands asks me to consider the idea of being content for a moment where I am. I have fought hard to get here, why not take a little break to enjoy the view?

The Queen of Wands being reversed is another sign that action and doing need to be lower on my priority list this year. This Queen is a go-getter, a mover and shaker, a fiery force of nature. With her here reversed I know that I can continue to embody these personality traits, they are always a potential inside of me, but I don’t have to manifest them quite so hard. Last year I made a big transition to move to Nashville. I got a dog. I figured out a way to pay the rent. I got a new car. I finally made it to Ireland. I didn’t give up on my tarot business, I started planning my wedding, I started building a community in Nashville- lots of balls were set in motion. The Queen of Wands reversed is here to tell me that I can nurture all of these beginnings but I can also slow my roll a little bit and delve deeper into all these things I’ve already started.

The Queen of Wands is also the significator I use for my fiancee, Kristen. Whenever the Queen of Wands shows up, I know Kristen’s energy is making itself known in the reading. Here obviously, I see that Kristen will come with me into 2017. We are getting married in June! Yippee! I see the reversal as a little nudge to remember that even though we are getting married we are still two separate people with different interests. There is a large area of overlap in our needs and desires but I still have my own life and I still need to prioritize what I want out of that life. This coming year Kristen and I may find ourselves spending more time apart as we work on different jobs and I stop touring so much since our dog Cosmo can’t always come on tour. Kristen and I can be codependent in some beautiful ways but I must still remember that we are ultimately on separate yet compatible soul purposes in this lifetime.

Manifesting My Best 2017:
The next three cards are addressing the three practical areas of well-being, relationships, and work. We all want to manifest the best life we can during our short time on Earth and these tend to be the three areas we obsess over the most.
fullsizerender-2The II of Cups reversed as my well-being card integrates well with what I was just writing about the Queen of Wands reversed and my relationship with Kristen. This II of Cups reversed is telling me that it is very important to remember that even though I rely on Kristen and we are getting married this year, we are ultimately two separate people and I cannot rely on her for my spiritual well-being. She is a huge influence and addition to my life and my health, but she isn’t the end all, be all, as far as my happiness and spiritual calling.

I do believe that one of my soul purposes during this life time is to experience love, be in relationships, and to bring more unity through love into this world. This isn’t just about romantic love, but all relationships. When we work with one another in any capacity, we seek to integrate our needs and goals with other souls. This is an amazing and wonderful thing to do! The II of Cups reversed suggests that I may have some difficulties in this department in the coming year. I am seeking a spiritual community here in Nashville and I’m not sure if I’m actually in the kind of open-minded and open-hearted space I need to be in in order to make that dream a reality. I tend to be an introverted and solitary person when it comes to my spirituality (another girl with much to share on her blog and with her online community but a resistance to in-person communication!). If I want to find fulfillment and foster my spiritual well-being, I am going to need to figure out a way to open more and meet people in person.

The next card shows the potential of that opening up. The IX of Cups is a jolly card to find in my relationship and love sector. This is the card of wishes fulfilled, of happiness, and of satisfaction. There is a great energy of having lasting, loving, and joyful relationships in the coming year. This is encouraging after the somewhat chastising energy of the II of Cups reversed in my well-being sector. If I can effectively foster the types of relationships I am looking for in my spiritual community, I will find great satisfaction in the new friendships and associations that I create. I must remember not simply to dream big, but to work towards my goals. The IX of Cups carries a bit of a warning not to daydream about that which you want, but to also work to manifest it. The loving, spiritual community where I want to make friends may certainly just show up at my door out of sheer luck, but it is still my responsibility to open that door!

As far as romantic relationships go, the IX of Cups couldn’t be a better sign for a happy marriage. The IX is a number of completion and integration and with the upcoming wedding, Kristen and I are telling the Universe that we are ready to take our relationship to the next level. This is a lucky sign that we will have a happy year together and may even experience some jackpots of good luck. I actually feel like we already have, even in just the first couple of days of the year! We are on our way to having our best year yet. The IX of Cups is a reminder to count my blessings, be grateful for my abundance, and to bask in each precious present moment. It is time to slow down, take stock, and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! What is the point in having a full and happy heart if you don’t appreciate it?

The area of work and finances is ruled by The Empress reversed in my reading. This is an interesting and exciting card placement and also the card I chose last week as my overall theme of the year. Who doesn’t love The Empress card? She represents abundance, growth, fertility, and beauty. She is an inspiring sign that my work could bring abundance, creativity fulfillment, and a sense of alignment between my soul purpose and my actual actions in the world. The issue here is that The Empress is in reverse. This says to me that this won’t be an easy thing to manifest. I have the potential to be The Empress, as we all do!, but I also have a tendency to shy away from super hard work, preferring to indulge in whatever it is that pleases me the most at that moment.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I shouldn’t depend on my creativity to make me money. Yes, and that includes that tarot. I love working with the tarot. I love writing on this blog. I love the work I do with The Willow Path Tarot. But I don’t want to depend on it to pay the rent. I want to depend on it to fulfill my creative spirit, but I don’t want to bog down that spirit with financial worries or constraints. I think this Empress reversed is telling me that I’m going in the right direction here. I have found a part-time job which is simply a job. It will pay the bills and it won’t distract me from my creative purpose. I’m super happy about this guys. I want The Willow Path to be a place of fun, love, and magic. I don’t need to put pressure on that magic to produce money. I will fill this place of work with nurture, caring, and support for myself and any who enter here.

I think it’s interesting that The Empress in my career and work sector is the only Major Arcana card I got in this reading and it is in reverse at that. It is almost like a little gift from the Universe saying to me that 2017 won’t be a heavy, life-changing year. The major themes and lessons of the year will have more to do with the day-to-day act of living, developing my character, and figuring out how to relax more. The greatest emphasis on the career section is telling me not to use my creativity to make money. My love, abundance, creativity, fertility, natural state is not to work, but to be one with nature, to create, and to spread light. It is time to look within to find the beauty of life and the natural abundance that has nothing to do with bills, paychecks, or finances.

Themes for 2017fullsizerender-3
The lesson of the VI of Pentacles reversed illuminates how the balance of the Universe shows up in our day-to-day existence. Everything we experience we understand by knowing it’s opposite. We understand giving because of receiving. We understanding having by knowing what it is to have not. We know generosity when we are met with mostly selfishness. This world of duality is presented to us everyday and we have to figure out how to achieve balance here. So my lesson for 2017 is somehow to work through these power dynamics. I can see this coming up, of course, when I talk about doing versus being. The Pentacles cards are about practicalities and getting things done on on the material plane. Here I have a Pentacle in reversed, leading me away from the material plan, perhaps to the more ethereal, astral plane. It is on this metaphysical plane that I just am. I am not what I do, I simply am.

This could point to a lesson about spirituality and about imbalance. I may find that I’m giving a lot and not receiving much. Does that mean I should stop giving? No, it means I should be more open to receiving. Everything is in balance, I just have to accept what I am offered in return for my giving. But what if I am being too generous? I should be careful this year not to overextend myself, especially in my material resources. I like to be generous with what I have, but having so little, one can get into trouble if they give away money or other resources that they don’t actually have to give. One of my goals for this year is to get out of credit card debt, and the easiest way to do that is to pay off debts instead of incurring new ones 🙂

I’ve been repeatedly saying in this reading that I want to do less in 2017, strive less, do less, and be more. I want to spend more time in meditation, practicing yoga, enjoying what I have, etc. The Queen of Cups challenges me to meet that promise to myself. She is calm. She is intuitive. She listens to her inner center before taking action. I love this Queen of Cups. I relate to her so much as a Cancer Sun sign. Yet I also struggle with her. I worry that I am too introverted and too introspective. I hesitate and I procrastinate. But is that really what I am doing when I take time for myself? The difference I want to create this year is that instead of feeling like I’m procrastinating I want to simply not to have anything to do. I want less deadlines, less projects, fewer goals, and more contentment with what I already have. The Queen of Cups is my role model, she is my ideal. She is inside of me and I must recognize and honor her and her spiritual calm.

The Queen of Cups is a healer. She is a mirror reflecting the depth of the soul. What I find inside of myself is a pure light that I want to reflect out into the world to help us all heal and be whole. I want to be nurturing, supportive, and caring. I want to shine out love and compassion. I want to inspire other people to shine out their own inner light. The world is full of shadows, many of them walking fully formed and threatening to stamp out the light that we shine. We are all made of darkness and light, that is fine. Yet the light has a responsibility to shine on those shadow places, to bring the subconscious to light and to work towards healing. I want to be a safe harbor, a place where the creative souls can be inspired, rest, heal, and figure out how to go forth with whole, shining hearts.

The year 2017 is numerologically represented by The Magician ( 2+0+1+7= 10, 1+0 = 1, one is the number of The Magician). The Magician is a magical manifestor who stands for new beginnings, creative endeavors, and personal power. When I apply the Magician energy to my year I came up with the IX of Pentacles, a lovely card of gratitude, culmination, proper use of skill, and personal satisfaction. I think I am going to like this Magician energy. I’m going to use it’s manifesting powers to actually create a year of luxury and abundance. The IX of Pentacles is self-confident, self-sufficient, and has access to the good life. I can access that good life myself if I simply decide to accept the abundance which already exists within my world. I also know that I am capable of completing the tasks before me. I have the skills and the resources I need to get things done. I am upleveling here with The Magician and his mundane Muse, the IX of Pentacles.

The overall theme of my 2017 is represented by the King of Swords. This is the only Swords card I got in this reading and I love this placement. The Swords have a masculine energy of logic and cool reason. I’ve been really emphasizing a lot of feminine energy in my reading with the Queens, Pentacles, and Cups cards. This King brings some needed balance and an action plan to my reading. First of all, the King of Swords stands for truth, honesty, fortitude, and the intellect. He will help me relate to the world around me which is still running on the same old patriarchy crap it’s been doing for thousands of years. I still need to operate in this society on many levels so it is good to have this King and his cool, calm, and wise energy to help me deal with the world around me on a practical level.

A King is also an authority on making plans come into reality. It is all well and good for me to say that I want to have more time for being, but on a practical level I also have to schedule that time into my day and find ways to integrate self-care into my life. For example, the King of Swords can see that yoga will fit nicely into my day after morning pages and schedule that in. Or he knows that I need to make chiropractor appointments, not just dream about structural alignment. Notice that the King of Swords is sitting and facing forward in this image from the Rider Waite Smith deck. I like this doing energy because it is focused on the present. This King isn’t looking to the past for answers or living ahead of himself in the future. He is dealing with the present moment, fully present and concentrating on the task at hand. I like that kind of masculine energy. Then I can float back to nonlinear time 🙂

One of my favorite things about this reading is that I got three IX cards: the IX of Wands, IX of Cups, and IX of Pentacles. The number 9 is symbolic of endings, culmination, and success. I like having three of them in this reading because it makes me think that 2017 can be a year where I fully experience my accomplishments. Instead of working towards something, I can be at somewhere. Nine is the number of Universal love, of faith, inner-wisdom, spiritual enlightenment, strength, and life purpose. I go into 2017 with a lot of optimism. I mentioned upleveling before, and it is a difficult and often painful process, but taking my life to the next level is an amazing goal. There are whole levels of happiness, achievement, physical health, and intelligence that I haven’t even dreamed of yet!

This reading has helped me focus in on what I actually want out of the year, what my intentions and goals are for 2017, and how I can work effectively towards those goals. I know it is may seem kind of silly to have my major goal for the year be: Do Less. But it’s hard to do less!, especially when doing more is supposed to earn you more money and make you feel more accomplished. More, more, more is pretty much the mantra I hear shouted at me whenever I interact with my American culture. Whatever! I don’t want to accomplish anything major this year and I’m not going to feel guilty about it. I intend to feel gratitude for my loved ones, enjoy what I have, be present and peaceful, and do whatever needs to get done with my full concentration and devotion.

Happy 2017!!!

Kick off 2015 with the Page of Wands!

Page of Wands Rider Waite Smith tarot

Page of Wands
Rider Waite Smith tarot

Here is my first post of the New Year!  Happy 2015! The energy that immediately comes to mind when I think of this time of year is that characterized by the Page of Wands.  The Pages in the tarot represent new beginnings, emerging energy, and a youthful outlook. The Wands are the suit of fire, that spark that ignites a creative project or inspires a discovery or exploration. The beginning of the year is a very creative and inspired time for me, when I’m super enthusiastic about articulating my vision for the year. It’s a new beginning when I can gaze with wonder, much like the Page in this card, upon all that I want to have grow and flourish this year. I’m ready to grown my business, create new products and services for you, and learn even more about the tarot.  I’m just bursting with new ideas and a deep source of passionate energy for these projects and much more during this year.

A couple of things to keep in mind when planning out your year with the inspiration of the Page of Wands, is that a spark of creative energy needs to fanned, nurtured, and deepened.  Bring a bit of Air (Swords) to your Fire, by making plans that solidly chart out your creative vision. You also need to nurture and support your goals with some practical Earth (Pentacles) energy, and also add as much emotional depth of Water (Cups) as you can manage.  Bring the four elements together because we are each made up of all four! Being a well-rounded and balanced person will help out with that Page of Wands fire when it emerges.  We each need to work carefully to flourish and grow the way we best imagine.

So far I’ve done two things to help me work with my Page of Wands energy. First off, I’ve starting filling out my Leonie Dawson workbook to help create an amazing year. This workbook helps me reflect on what worked and what didn’t in my life last year and asks some powerful questions about what I want to create in the coming year.  I also did a tarot reading for myself!  You can check out the special tarot spread I made to help gain insight and empowerment for yourself in the coming year, and do one for yourself!  If you would like a personal reading from The Willow Path Tarot, just order one up here!

the willow path blogger headerBest of luck in 2015!  Each year is a blessing, so try to find what you are grateful for and bless your own year. Remember your strength, envision your future, live in your present!

 

 

New Year Tarot Spread 2015

It’s almost 2015!  Whoot!  Now is that special time of year when we sit back to reflect on all that we accomplished in 2014 and all the big goals and dreams we have for the coming year.  Writing these goals and intentions down can be a powerful way to structure and plan out your next steps, as well as something to look back on and see how far you have come. A tarot reading can work much the same way! I’ve created a special tarot spread to address multiple aspects of your life, helping you to uncover blocks and empower yourself to make 2015 a magnificent year.  Here are the different positions of the spread:

  1. Happy-New-Year-from-fireworks-imageBiggest lesson/advice/importance from 2014
  2. Love advice this coming year
  3. Career advice this coming year
  4. Health advice this coming year
  5. Biggest obstacle for 2015
  6. What will empower you moving forward
  7. Overall theme, advice, direction for 2015

 

You can also click over to the readings page to order any of my offered readings today, and why not order one for a friend as well 🙂  This New Year’s Reading was only available during January of 2015, but my Holistic Spread is much of the same character!  If you would like to see the cards in action, find below an example reading that I did for myself using this spread. Powerful stuff I will be contemplating and acting on all year!

King Swords reversed Shadowscapes Tarot

King Swords reversed
Shadowscapes Tarot

Lesson of 2014: King of Swords reversed
The King of Swords is an authority on truth and rationality, things that can be lacking from one’s life when in the reversed position. In 2014 I lacked decisiveness about the opportunities before me and what direction I should take. It was a year of growth when I was still making up my mind about what exactly I wanted to do and what it is that inspires me. I struggled with mental clarity and using my intelligence to make critical decisions. Quitting my librarian job, moving into a van, and traveling full time were big moves. I leaned more towards using my intuition and listening to my inner voice to decide which direction to follow, especially using the tarot and starting this business. The struggle between the rational and the intuitive, and creating harmony between the two, were big lessons for me in 2014.I didn’t have a clear idea of what I was doing during much of 2014, or what I hoped to achieve and why.  I wasn’t able to make clear, long term decisions because I wasn’t sure how the plan to be on the road was going to pan out. I spent a lot of time last year not being the King of Swords, which allowed me to be in sometimes murky and confusing situations but able to adapt and keep going. Sometimes in life we take on new challenges that don’t allow us to be authority figures, intelligent leaders, or quickly decisive. Last year I learned how to be in that kind of situation and accept my capabilities.

The Emperor Shadowscapes Tarot

The Emperor
Shadowscapes Tarot

Love advice for 2015: The Emperor
The Emperor represents a stable love life for the coming year. This is warm and welcome news! I am already in a well established relationship as my girlfriend, Kristen, and I have been dating for three years.  We have created a secure relationship structure and a firm foundation for our love.  This coming year I should focus on appreciating the fact that the relationship is stable, practical, and committed. Sometimes things are steady and strong between two people and relationship growth isn’t necessary or needed.  We can just be as we are and feel good about it. The Emperor points out that there is a lot of power in this relationship as well. If we work together we can be an authoritative couple, we rule over our little empire with a responsible eye and accountable hearts. The Emperor also represents success, so I would interpret this to mean that the structure and rules of our relationship will lead us to be happy and healthy together, to succeed in making each other happy and creating a life together. My relationship advice is to be committed and secure.

High Priestess reversed Shadowscapes Tarot

High Priestess reversed
Shadowscapes Tarot

Work advice: The High Priestess reversed
As a tarot reader, I identify strongly with the archetype of The High Priestess. She represents the portal between the conscious and the mysterious unknown.  She is awareness and connection to the mysteries of the universe. Since this card is reversed, I interpret that as a need to focus on developing my inner High Priestess. Things I can do to access her knowledge include: meditate, listening to my inner voice, and studying spirituality. I am still a developing tarot reader, although the essence and drive is there, I do need to be devoted to growth in my knowledge and business. I need to find my calm centre and learn how to live there. This is important work. I must take time for ME, away from distraction, to reflect, study, listen and grow. Inner knowing is the goal.  I must dedicate myself to the task of studying tarot and growing my business is the advice from The High Priestess reversed.  Her’s are the lessons of a lifetime, and cannot be rushed or immediately understood.  I’m looking forward to continuing my spiritual development which will help me grow my business.

Page of Wands reversed Shadowscapes Tarot

Page of Wands reversed
Shadowscapes Tarot

Health advice for 2015: Page of Wands reversed
I’m always struggling with making healthy choices in my life. I like to eat too much, sit around on my ass, and drink a lot of IPAs. This lack of energy and direction toward my heath and well-being, creates a lack of enthusiasm or optimism for starting a new regime or improving my health. Basically, I need new direction, and the Page of Wands reversed here is saying that it’s not going to be easy to find. I’m actually not even sure what I want to achieve with my health: get strong? lose weight? drink less? get over societal norms of healthy body image? I feel like there are too many obstacles, too many balls in the air, too much going on in other areas of my life to give this the time and energy it deserves. Basically, I’m feeling pessimistic. So, I see this card as a warning that I need to decide what healthy means to me and try a new approach to getting there. I’m lacking fire and drive regarding my health, and aren’t quite ready for a new start. I need to look for something that inspires me, something that I’m passionate about, something creative and new to drive my health goals in 2015.

The Sun Shadowscapes Tarot

The Sun
Shadowscapes Tarot

Biggest obstacle for 2015: The Sun reversed
My biggest obstacle will be finding happiness and joy in something other than what I expected. I’m setting goals for myself this year and I need to be open to the fact that I will probably achieve something quite different than what I’m setting out to achieve.  The Sun reversed reminds me that no matter what I end up achieving, I will be doing exactly what it is I’m meant to do. That can be hard to face, because I want to accomplish my goals and I’m looking forward to success. Setbacks are going to make me feel sad, staying positive may take more effort than usual, the road will not be easy, and making progress will be tough. I may struggle with losing motivation and enthusiasm. This collaborates with the Page of Wands reversed, in that I’m lack a healthy dose of fire energy that drives inspiration and new creativity. I must remind myself that as long as the journey is made with love, no matter the outcome, I shall be happy. The Sun will illuminate and enlighten, but not if I met with resistance.

Page of Swords Shadowscapes Tarot

Page of Swords
Shadowscapes Tarot

What will empower me in 2015: Page of Swords
What will empower me in 2015 is the general Page energy of passion and enthusiasm for new things, in the case of the Swords this enthusiasm comes from the realm of the mind. If last year I learned that I am not the King of Swords, this year I can be empowered by being the Page of Swords: starting out, being fresh, finding wisdom from my elders, being bold, enthusiastic, and focused. I must remember that I am young, idealistic, strong, powerful and new. I can go after my dreams and keep going. Kristen also has this energy and I can take encouragement from her. As she too is a on a difficult journey, we can support each other. I need to ask questions, be a student, be at my current level, and be ready to learn. I am an excellent communicator and should write and speak more with the new people I meet, meaning I need to NETWORK.  The air energy of making plans, using my mind, being intelligent and rational will get my farther than relying on my small supply of fire energy that is lacking with The Sun reversed and The Page of Wands reversed.  Basically, I need to tell myself what to do instead of waiting for a divine spark of inspiration.  I already have great ideas, I need good plans to get those ideas into motion and a rational mind to stick with them.

IV of Pents reversed Shadowscapes Tarot

IV of Pentacles reversed Shadowscapes Tarot

Theme for 2015: Four of Pentacles reversed
My theme of 2015 is letting go of material possessions, stepping outside of social norms of security, and rejecting materialism. This is very apt, as I continue to live in a van, with my girlfriend, and make my living doing tarot card readings- three major aspects of my life that are outside of the social norm. Yet I still feel secure and stable, without clinging to meaningless aspects of the physical world like money and a home. The point of life is not to obtain material possessions but rather to connect with the immaterial, the magic of the world that allows all of creation to exist and be accessible to us. I can set my own rules, define home for myself and financial security my own way. This card can also indicate generosity, and a freedom from greed or materialism. I want to be in the mindset that I will get everything I need, and therefore do not have to cling tightly to every penny and be miserably in a lack mentality. Sure, I will not be able to afford hotel rooms or fancy meals, but if I really need those things, I will find a way to afford them easily. This isn’t easy advice for me for 2015 and I will need to work hard to step outside of my comfort zone, especially financially. This card offers me the advice to get outside of the physical world, as the High Priestess also recommended, through meditation, study of spirituality, and personal growth.

In summary:  Whoa, there is a lot of powerful energy here, and a lot of it crops up around the theme of resistance and setbacks.  The reversed High Priestess, reversed Page of Wands, and The Sun reversed cards all speak to challenges, and difficult lessons to learn in the coming year. I may be lacking in that fire energy that animates and inspires me, so will need to learn to function well without enough of that element.  I need to think about how I can let go, what will help me accept and go with the flow. I have so many plans and creatives projects stored away in my brain from this last year, that hopefully fanning those sparks with a healthy dose of Air using the Page of Swords will set me on the right path.

The big lesson of 2014 in the King of Swords should help me with going with the flow, as I’ve already given up a position of authority and expertise when I quit my job and became a full time tarot reader. That experience that has taught me how to be out of my zone of expertise and off in turbulent waters. The High Priestess is adept at living in the murky places and figuring out what her inner voice and intuition can lend to the matter. Meditation and further tarot study should help me learn how to navigate those difficult waters.

Speaking of water, there are no Cups in this reading.  This may indicate that I’m feeling secure in my heart and love life, as indicated by the Emperor in this reading.  It may also mean that strong emotions and approaching life from my heart space will not be of much assistance to me this year.  The Page of Swords is saying that what will really help me out is to use my mind, be logical and rational, and think things through. The inner developments I want to go about in my tarot learning and business journey should not be over emotional, but rather well thought out and planned with the sense of new beginning and exploration.  It is always important to remember that all elements are necessary to create and sustain a healthy life, so I must not shy away from my heart space and look for the love in my life every day!

Overall, I can’t expect to gain financial security, or be overly attached to material possessions as the IV of Pentacles reversed shows that 2015 will be another year of living outside of social norms and finding the beautiful lessons that come from thinking outside of the narrow box of what is normal. Outside of normal is actually where I’m most comfortable, so at least I know I will continue to resist expectations from the outside world. I’m really looking forward to the coming year and all of the challenges and gifts that 2015 will bring with it.  I hope you enjoyed this reading and please get in touch if you would like a New Years reading of your very own!!  Email me at: thewillowpathtarot@gmail.com