Relationships Reflection with the New Moon in Libra, October 8, 2018

The New Moon we are graced with today is in Libra, the sign ruled by the planet Venus. If you’re into astrology at all, you’ve probably heard much talk recently about the Venus retrograde cycle that is currently taking place. Starting on October 5th, and lasting for the next 40 days till November 16th, Venus will appear to backtrack across the sky and the zodiac signs of Scorpio into Libra. The retrograde movement of the planets is associated with going within, reflection, and reassessment. These energies are particularly potent within the realm of Libra/Venus which rules relationships, the feminine, balance, love, and values. We will all feel a summons to reexamine our relationships: our romantic relationships, friendships, business partnerships, and most importantly our relationship to ourselves. This is a great time to ask the tarot for some guidance on what intentions can best help us navigate this moon cycle for optimum balance and harmony. Here are some prompts for you to try:

~What intention can I set to help me focus on emotional balance during this moon phase?
~What intention can I set to help me create harmony and equality in my relationships?
~What intention can I set to help me deal with Venus’ call for self reflection and reassessment of the past?

Here is a reading for us all using my favorite fall deck, the Zombie Tarot:

The Zombie Tarot: Five of Cups, King of Cups, Page of Pentacles

~What intention can I set to help me focus on emotional balance during this moon phase?
Five of Cups
The V of Cups signifies difficult emotions such as regret, longing, grief, and sadness. It often comes up at a time when it feels like all has been lost. You are faced with crushing disappointment and have no idea what could lift your dark mood. The world looks bleak. There is a tendency now to obsess about what has passed, what has caused you pain, what is gone and can never return. The imbalance in the world is that feelings, emotions, and matters of the heart are not as important and meaningful as power, money, and big business. When people’s lived experiences don’t matter, especially those of women, what is the point of society? Who does it actually serve?

At this New Moon, set the intention to move away from the darkest depths of grief and despair. In order to bring balance into your life you will need to allow for hope and optimism to be present and acknowledged. There is no need to question the validity of your pain, the horror of your past, the sadness you have felt. That pain is real and that pain is acknowledged. The thing is, you can’t stay there and relive it forever. That isn’t for your highest good, that isn’t going to solve any of your issues, that isn’t going to make it better- ever. What will make your situation better, and consequently improve the lives of all those in your life that love and care about you, is to open yourself up to the possibility of future happiness. Appreciating the small moments of your day, practicing gratitude and kindness, and saying yes to what you DO want- this will help you move forward and heal. Set the intention to invite hope and love into your life and leave guilt, doubt, and grief behind.

~What intention can I set to help me create harmony and equality in my relationships?
King of Cups
The King of Cups is empathetic, diplomatic, generous, and deeply kind. He is compassionate, creative, understanding, and aware. These are all characteristics that we should set our intentions towards being in the month ahead. The King of Cups is the ultimate symbol of harmony and equality embodied in human form that the tarot has to offer us. This card comes as a very good sign that we have the emotional maturity and depth of character to manage and improve our relationships during this moon cycle and continue that through the whole Venus retrograde cycle.

There’s a certain amount of restraint to the King of Cups as well, he doesn’t overflow with emotion but rather balances emotion with intellect. He knows how to communicate matters of the heart without emotional manipulation, waterfalls of tears, or screaming matches about who cares more. He has control over his emotions, knows how to set boundaries between personal and shared feelings, and can provide stability and support for those around him. Set the intention this month to act as a King of Cups yourself when dealing with issues of balance and harmony in your relationships. How would you like to be treated? How would you like to be spoken to? How can you compromise and negotiate? The King of Cups is here to back you up with quiet, sensitive, and understanding vibrations.

~What intention can I set to help me deal with Venus’ call for self reflection and reassessment of the past?
Page of Pentacles
A Page is always a good sign for new beginnings, just like a New Moon. This Page has a rather responsible and determined youthful energy, bringing fresh opportunity or possibility to your life. His appearance signifies a real exuberance for learning about yourself by diving into the self-reflection and reassessment demanded by this Venus retrograde with an eagerness to learn new things about yourself. Now is the chance to see your past in the bright light and perspective of your present self!  Set the intention to go into this cycle with an open mind and a willingness to learn new things about yourself.

Maybe you’re not the type of person who delights in processing the past and rehashing old issues, well- you just might have to do it anyway this season. Don’t be afraid to go down this road of analysis. The Page of Pentacles is offering up many learning opportunities in a spirit of wonder, but also practicality. Don’t be surprised if your self assessment unearths some old dreams about home, finances, work, or your body that were lost along the way. You could find yourself revved up by a great business idea you had before, a renewal of a project around the house, a job pop up you always wanted, or a refreshed diet and exercise plan. The point is, set the intention to be wide-eyed and open to possibility, the Page of Pentacles isn’t adapt at reengaging with the past, but he sure can make the most practical use of what he finds there.

Okay, there you have it, a New Moon Reading for Libra. I hope you found it insightful and useful. If you would like to get a personalized reading, I am available!  I do email readings, online readings (Skype or Google Hangout), and in-person readings in Nashville, TN. Hit me up at thewilllowpath@gmail.com if you would like to set something up!

A Practical and Grounding New Moon in Virgo, September 9, 2018

Welcome to another Moon cycle. It’s time to take a moment to celebrate fresh energy and set intentions with the New Moon in Virgo. Virgo energy is earthy, practical, organized, and body focused. This is a wonderful time to set intentions around promoting your own physical wellbeing. What healthy habits would you like to incorporate into your daily routine? Maybe pick just one today to commit to for the coming 4 weeks. Even if you have 10 routines you’d love to make a part of your life, wouldn’t it be absolutely wonderful if you did even one of those habits every day? You can start small, adding another routine each Moon cycle instead of trying to do it all at once. Trying to do it all at once is a recipe for overwhelm and burn out.

Let’s do a tarot spread to help us focus in on a particular habit or routine that would best suit us in the month ahead. Here are some handy questions you can ask your deck:

The development of what healthy habit or routine is best supported by this New Moon?
What advice will help me focus on and commit to this new practice?

How can I be gentle and patient with myself as I learn and grow?

Be aware that Virgo can bring perfectionist energy. This is where the need for compassion comes into your month. Developing a new healthy routine is not always a snap, in fact, it usually is quite hard. You will have slip ups, reverse your progress, take two steps forward and one step back. The key is to not be overly hard on yourself. Work on developing practical and reasonable expectations that don’t include perfectionism at all. If you believe that the only way to be successful is to be perfect, you need to take a step back and ask where this belief is coming from. Trust me, it is not valid. You can be wildly successful and abundantly joyful and make mistakes ALL THE DAMN TIME. You will need to constantly remind yourself of this in the month ahead as you work towards your healthiest life, develop new routines that support that healthy life. Accept slow progress, even agonizingly slow progress!

Here is a tarot reading I did for us collectively using the above spread:

Rider Waite Smith deck: Knight of Cups rx, III of Pentacles rx, The Chariot rx

The development of what healthy habit or routine is best supported by this New Moon?- Knight of Cups reversed
Emotional health is inextricably linked to physical health. When your emotions are out of control, chaotic, overwhelming, etc, that emotional pain easily manifests as physical ailments in the body. This month ahead, it is a lovely idea to make a daily habit of reflecting upon your emotional state. Check in with yourself to see if you are suppressing, avoiding, or hiding your emotions. When emotions get bottled up they reek havoc on our health. You could make a daily habit of sitting with an uncomfortable or unwanted emotion and letting it pass through you.

A way to practice allowing emotions to pass through you is to first sit quietly with 5 or so minutes to yourself. Now bring to mind a situation that is causing you pain, notice the emotion it causes you, be it anger, sadness, disappointment, etc. Then hold that emotion, feel it in your physical body. Now, for the tricky part- let the story behind the emotion go, let it fade away so that it is just you and the emotion without any story attached. Within a minute, 2 minutes at the most, you will feel the negative emotion slowly lose force and fade away. Now the emotion has passed through you and your physical health can feel the positive effects of releasing that emotion.

I’m going to try doing this practice daily for the next month, spending a little time each day letting emotions pass through me. When you practice something it becomes more natural and easy over time. I like the idea of a practice of experiencing my emotions and then letting them pass out of my experience instead of hanging around and hurting me. This type of emotional work is supported by a lovely placement of Neptune in Pisces at this time. We can allow Virgo energy to provide you with the structure and organizational energy to bring a new practice into your life.

What advice will help me focus on and commit to this new practice?-
III of Pentacles reversed
The idea of building something permanent, of working to construct a beautiful perfect structure, needs to get tossed out the window. Remember, there is no perfection in life. There also is no end goal to all this doing. If you focus on doing and making things as the point of your life, you will always have to make more, more, more. Is that how you want to live- never satisfied with what you’ve built, always putting on “finishing” touches until you’ve created something far beyond a Rococo monstrosity? The idea that life is linear and we are always on the up and up, is not helpful. It’s time for a new point of view.

We actually move and live in cycles. Energy ebbs and flows, in and out, up and down, this way and that. This knowledge is why I work with the Moon cycles to connect with the cyclical nature of life. You can’t get too attached to structures or even versions of yourself, everything is always changing. It’s all about doing what is right for you right now. Tear down the ego, take apart your identity, deconstruct your beliefs and then notice how you are still you. You have an essential self that isn’t subject to all these cycles of your life, it is your unchanging soul. Isn’t that nice? You can’t stop being you, but you can stop identifying with old versions of your personality and move on. Perhaps this month, as we all practice allowing emotion to move through us, we can confront the emotions that we think of as “us” and instead focus on releasing a past version of the ego. 

How can I be gentle and patient with myself as I learn and grow?-
The Chariot reversed
Ya’ll, this isn’t easy work I’m talking about doing. Deconstructing the self and releasing painful emotions- that sounds fucking tough. Let’s remember that we don’t have to be perfect about it, we don’t have to do it the “right way”, and we don’t even need to finish it. Is there any “finishing” before we die? The Chariot reversed reminds us to take it easy, to cruise along, to take side roads that look interesting, to sit back and enjoy the ride. Yes, we are making progress and we are doing things to try and live our best lives, but there is no rush. Rushing this can lead to frustration and impatience. Look for ways that you are making progress, take notice of the small steps, and be grateful for all that you do. You are doing so much!

You are so awesome for even trying, for caring, for being conscious, for making any effort at all. Does it feel like more people are making that effort, more people are waking up? It can be frustratingly slow progress but you have deep reserves of ambition and drive and determination. You’re not going to give up even when the road is bending out of view and it’s hard to say where you’re heading. You’re not going to give up when the ideas of “success” or “finishing” or “reaching your goal” are taken away. You’re inching towards a new paradigm, a new understanding of what your soul purpose is here on Earth at this time. The Virgo New Moon offers you energy to heal yourself by taking small daily action towards your health: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.

Okay, I hope you enjoyed this New Moon tarot reading for the Virgo Moon cycle. I’m wishing you love, health, healing, and strength in the month ahead!

A Self-Love Message from The New Moon in Leo, August 11, 2018

Another Moon cycle has passed! At this New Moon in Leo we are gifted the last eclipse of the year- thank goodness! There have been a series of 3 eclipses starting on July 12th and ending on August 11th, activating significant shakedowns in people born with personal planets and points at approximately 14 to 24 degrees of the fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. My Moon sign is right in there and honestly, I’ve just been feeling a big need for change, even at the same time that I just don’t have energy for it, feel pretty uncomfortable about it, and am resisting the instability. Yes, change is good in theory, but the enacting of it is quite difficult!!

Anywho, if you’re feeling the pressure to create new systems in your life, this New Moon is a great time to sit down and reflect on what aspects of your life routine no longer fit with your current picture of who you want to be. It could be something really obvious, “Why am I still doing this!?” Or it could be an activity that you greatly enjoyed in the past, but now isn’t helping you to grow. It can be hard to let go of feelings, people, work, or hobbies that once filled us with such great joy, but doing this clearing out is important. Do your clear with love and attention, allowing the practice of gratitude for all of those things while still letting them go to create space for the new, for what wants to come through you now.

The Leo energy of this New Moon is a wonderful support for this process of change. Leo builds self-confidence and self-love. Leo shines out the brilliant light from within. Leo knows how to have fun, be creative, and enjoy the shit out of life. This reinvention process, this clearing out and letting go, this leveling up to a higher vibration, all that can be enjoyable and life-giving with the Fire energy of Leo at your back. Let’s each ask the tarot some really simple questions about setting out intentions for this New Moon Cycle. Try this spread out and let me know how it goes!

In what ways can I increase my self-confidence and be courageous in my actions?
How can I expand my self-love so that I am able to just be authentically me?
Which of my creations deserves to be center stage during this moon cycle?

Here are the cards I drew for us all the consider:

Linestrider Tarot: Three of Wands rx, Seven of Pentacles rx, The High Priestess rx

In what ways can I increase my self-confidence and be courageous in my actions?-
III of Wands reversed
Have a vision for your best life. What do you want to accomplish? What are your dreams? Where do you want to go? What adventures and explorations do you want to go on? These are concepts, ideas, and questions that we forget to delve into after we set goals once and then get into the step-by-step actions of working towards them. But what about redirecting our goals? What about redefining what we want? Now is a time to step back and reassess where you are headed. Do you still want to be working towards those goals you set years ago? Are your dreams shifting and changing with the times but your actions are not changing and shifting as well to meet those new goals? Define your dreams, make a vision board, or a 5 year plan, or record a video of yourself explaining what it is you want for yourself in this life. Take action to reassess your bigger life vision.

Sometimes we just don’t know what we want. This can be hard, “What do I even want to do with my life!?” Not knowing can be severely challenging, especially since asking once and not knowing can lead to anxiety and fear of asking again. Don’t allow that fear to stop you from trying to figure this out again and don’t let fear stop you from guessing. You’ll learn in good time that you’re on the wrong path and you know what? You’ll be able to course correct, you’ll be able to change things. You don’t have to have the full plan, you don’t have to have confidence that your plan is foolproof and you will succeed, you don’t have to trust that the Universe will make this all happen for you. The only thing you need is confidence in yourself, trust in yourself, faith in yourself that you’re doing the best you can with the knowledge and feelings that you currently have access to. If you can access deeper wells of self-confidence, increase your knowledge, explore you feelings more, that is great- do that if you want! But if you’re as deep into as you can get and just stalling for time because you’re unsure of success- forget success. Redefine success to mean “just trying my hardest with the resources I currently have.” Perfect, you’re ready to go.

How can I expand my self-love so that I am able to just be authentically me?-
VII of Pentacles rx
It’s time to assess what you do have. It’s time to practice a some major gratitude. It’s time to fully acknowledge all that you have done. We still have many planets in retrograde in the sky, which is the best energy for reflecting and reassessing. What have you been up to? I’m guessing it’s not sitting around doing nothing (although, if your plan was to sit around and do nothing and you did it- well that’s a major accomplishment! Good on you for doing that self care time!). Make a list of everything that you’re done recently, either towards a specific goal, or just in general in your life. You’ll notice that you have taken some steps towards creating the life you want. Even if you’re not there yet, you’re definitely closer than before. It’s important to show that work and progress the respect it deserves.

While practicing this gratitude, you’ll be able to see yourself reflected in your actions. What type of person are you? Are you kind and generous with your resources? Are you reliable and dependable when given responsibility? Are you involved and dedicated to causes that means something to you? Are you loving and open in your relationships? Notice the ways that you show up in other people’s lives and be proud of yourself. You’re a wonderful sister, mother, aunt, best friend, etc. Extend that love into yourself. You can be someone who loves and accepts themselves. You are enough. You do enough. That’s what the VII of Pentacles wants you to look inside and see right now.

Which of my creations deserves to be center stage during this moon cycle?-
The High Priestess reversed
Your intuition wants to take center stage right now, but you’re still resisting that inner knowing. I’m not going to downplay the difficulty of getting into your calm inner center and acting from a place of intuitive knowing. We get no training in this practice, in fact, most of us are told to ignore our gut reactions and that intuition is junk and silly. You do have an intuitive gift though, we all do, and at this Leo New Moon you are being asked to bring that inner gift out and use it. It’s not going to be easy or natural, this will take a bit of effort, and probably a quiet place of stillness where you can concentrate and focus on yourself. Your greatest creation at this New Moon is an increased awareness and use of your intuition, this is the area from which you can create all that you want to manifest in this world.

If, on the other hand, you’re all intuition, all the time, I invite you to take a step back from that practice for the moon cycle and give yourself a break. Perhaps you are a tarot reader or a healer, or just a super empathic person who takes on the energy of those around you quite easier. You may need to spend some time cleansing yourself of the emotional cords and ties that are bound to you from all of that relating to others. Taking a break from an overworked intuitive power can be a challenge, especially if you are relying on it for your profession and paying the bills, but taking a break is required sometimes. We all have cycles of energy in our lives, that’s why I’m here writing about the energetic cycles of the moon! Take a look at how you’re using your intuitive gifts, go deep within and notice, then work on healing and enhancing that gift to share with others once you are rested.

There you have it! I hope you enjoyed the New Moon Reading for the coming moon cycle headed by the fiery energy of Leo. If you would like a personalized New Moon Reading, please get in touch!

A Birthday Reading for my 36th Year!

A birthday reading for me! My birthday was already a month ago but I drew cards on the day and have slowly been writing up this reading for myself to share with you here on the blog. I love doing birthday readings just as much as I love doing New Year readings; they have a very similar energy of new beginnings and endless possibilities. I’m lucky to have a birthday just about halfway through the year so it’s a great time to check in with where I was at the start of the year, reexamine goals and growth, and determine the best path forward from here. If you don’t happen to have a birthday in June or July, a great time to do a check in reading for the year is at the Summer Solstice. Next year I’m planning on offering a package reading that includes a New Year reading and a Summer Solstice reading, so look for that option to pop up in December.  Fun, right?!

Okay, back to me and my birthday! Strength is my year card for this 36th year of my life. I determine year cards by adding together all the numbers of the current date for the birthday and then reducing it down to a number between 1-9. So for my birthday on July, 8, 2018 that looks like this:

7+8+2+0+1+8= 26 then 2+6= 8 viola!  8 is the number for Strength.

You can also find your tarot birth card in this same manner, to determine which tarot card acts as a theme for your entire life. So for example, with my birth date of July 8, 1982:

7+8+1+9+8+2= 35 then 3+5= 8 viola! 8 is Strength 🙂

So guess what? Strength is my tarot birth card as well! That makes this feel like a very special year for me. Double Strength! Who doesn’t love that? A year card is a tarot card that acts as a theme for the entire year ahead. It is a foundational energy that can be accessed more easily during the year, one that can be drawn upon and utilized to create great magic during this spin around the sun. I wrote a post about Strength earlier this year here, so you can get an idea of what a Strength year ahead holds. I also include a 4-5 page PDF about your year card if you order a birthday reading from me!  Something to consider 🙂

Next, using Strength as my theme card for the year, I drew six more tarot cards to address different aspects of the year ahead.  Here is what I drew:

Tarot spread using the Linestrider Tarot deck

1. How will the Strength card manifest itself in my life?- Page of Cups reversed
2. What lessons do I need to learn this year?- IX of Cups
3. What particular area of my life needs focus?- King of Swords
4. What obstacles stand in my way this year?- VIII of Pentacles
5. What can help me achieve my goals this coming year?- X of Pentacles
6. What kind of year can I expect to experience?- Justice reversed

Linestrider Tarot

Let’s explore this spread a bit! I’m also interested to look back at the reading I did for myself in January for 2018 and see if there are any repeating lessons, obstacles, etc. or if I’ve had some major energetic shifts since the beginning of this calendar year. What strikes me right away is that in my January 2018 reading I drew the Queen of Wands reversed as my theme card for the year. In today’s reading I’m using Strength as my theme card for my 36th year. The Queen of Wands reversed and Strength very much vibrate on the same energetic wavelength in my heart, mind, and body. Both are Fire energy, creativity, passion, bravery, charisma, and holding fast to what makes life worth living. The reversal of the Queen of Wands earlier in the year could indicate that that energy has been dormant or latent potential inside of me that is now ready to more fully manifest in action.

Knowing that I would like to take concrete steps towards living in my Strength is a good start. It’s great to know what you want, what you’re striving for, what lights you up inside. Just having any idea of what your goal is in this crazy confusing world is a major first step, so go me for knowing what I want! I want to strengthen my inner spirit, live closer to my passions, feel deeper into my inspirations, and lead a creative life. I don’t want to force things, constantly working myself to the bone, but rather allow my energy to flow. Like many people, I have the tendency feel inadequate if I’m not constantly working or pushing myself towards the next goal. To live in Strength means acknowledging, accepting, and surrendering to the times of rest, relaxation, and being. I am enough right now.

Linestrider Tarot

Let’s continue with the Page of Cups reversed as an indicator of how Strength will show up for me going forward. I see this as a kind and gentle message to work on re-patterning my emotional realm. The Page is a beginning, a start, something fresh and new and is the energy I need to take when reassessing and reconfiguring how I approach my emotions, my emotional responses, and my emotional patterns. The way that I have been experiencing my feelings for the past 35 years is something that I’m questioning right now. Do I have to have these reactions? Do certain situations have to evoke programmed emotional responses? Or can I decide to react differently and make new patterns that better reflect the way I want to live and experience the world? The Page of Cups supports this going within to reflect upon my emotional world and will hold my hand while I sort out what new ways I want to feel.

Strength and the Page of Cups seem like complimentary energies to me. Strength lends backbone and confidence to the immature and developing Page. Where the Page of Cups reversed could be scared or uncertain when facing the unknown landscape of creating new neural pathways for her emotions, with Strength by her side she bravely marches forward. The Page of Cups reversed does require a lot of support from Strength, thereby diluting some of the power of Strength, stretching Strength thin and limiting my reach this year. If I’m only at a beginning stage in creating the healthy emotional patterns I desire, I can’t expect Strength to magically transport me to the next level without doing the work. The Page of Cups reversed reminds me of to be patient and diligent. This will take time, but if I don’t start at all, I will never make any progress in my evolution. I need to constantly remind myself to accept where I am at in my development and surrender to the process.

Linestrider Tarot

Taking this emotional re-patterning a step further, the IX of Cups shows up as the lesson I will learn this 36th year. This card advises me to enjoy the work, revel in my emotions, find joy in expressing myself and my feelings. I have a tendency to hide my emotions in my little Crab shell, sidestepping direct communication of my inner world with those around me who seem untrustworthy, or simply unworthy, which ends up being most people. The IX of Cups says, “No, don’t hide. Be open. Be bright. Share what you are going through.” I can do that sharing here on my blog or in person with new friends and old. My natural inclination is to listen until I am absolutely certain that what I say will be heard, but maybe it’s just time to speak without any assurance that anyone will understand or care. That is scary, but that is owning my emotions as valid and authentic to me, and that being the only thing that matters when I decide how and when to express myself.

In my reading from January, I drew the VIII of Cups reversed as a message about how I would experience my Fire energy in 2018. Seeing the next card in the sequence, the IX of Cups come up here gives me a sense of progress being made. I have been putting in a lot of energy around understanding and examining my emotions. I’m not just saying I should do this, I’m realizing that I am doing this! This little step from the VIII to the IX makes me feel proud of myself. I want to acknowledge my progress. I’m by no means about to stop the process and call this book written, I’m just saying that I have been able to let go of certain modes of interacting with my inspiration and processing my feelings that I do not believe are in my best interest. It’s amazing to live with my Higher Self on a daily basis, allowing that self to be revealed to me as I am ready to understand me.

Linestrider Tarot

Then along comes the King of Swords, who is here to act as a balance or counterpoint to all that freedom of self-expression and pouring forth of emotions. The King of Swords lets me know that there is a logical and honest way to share my emotions. I can speak my truth and communicate my message in direct and straightforward ways. I can be emotionally open without having to go against my airy Aquarius Moon which makes me want to distance myself and share my emotions more objectively than subjectively. In other words, I don’t have to start writing flowery poetry using cliche metaphors, or share tear-filled Instagram stories all about my feelings. I don’t have to be someone I’m not. The King of Swords is deeply in touch with his feelings, emotionally mature, and controlled. He excels in the communication of those feelings with honesty, self-acceptance, and unquestioning knowing.

The King of Swords is that bit of intellectual support that tells me that I’ll live, speaking my truth won’t kill me. He knows that fear is a part of the process, it won’t stop me from trying. He is willing to get uncomfortable in order to grow and be himself. He doesn’t get all upset if someone criticizes him. My message isn’t for everyone, not everyone will need my words, explanations, or epiphanies. The King of Swords easily comprehends that we are all at various stages of our emotional growth and doesn’t look down or judge those that can’t understand or won’t understand his message at this moment. This card blends well with Strength as the King of Swords is very courageous and bold. Armed with my truth, I will speak my mind and live authentically.

Linestrider Tarot

Next up in this reading comes my obstacle for the year ahead, for which I drew the VIII of Pentacles. Work, work, work. That’s what the VIII of Pentacles always makes me think. Is putting in the work an obstacle? I suppose we all suffer from just wanting to be done and perfect and understand and move on to the next level. Mastery is highly sought and lavishly praised. I have never been a master of much. I consider myself a bit of a Renaissance women, knowing a bit of this and that, good at a thing or two, a dilettante, or most basely- a dabbler. The idea of truly dedicating myself to one discipline, one project, one area, does seem like a huge obstacle. I’m not even sure what I would focus on, what I would want to be a master of?

Often the image on the VIII of Pentacles depicts a person creating physical pentacles. I like the idea that I could be creating something physical this year. I’ve been working on designing my own tarot deck for years now using photographs from my travels. I haven’t been particularly pressed to finish this deck, but I do want to make progress and get more of the images selected and description writing done. I can imagine myself as the worker bee from the VIII of Pentacles, diligently dedicating my time and energy to this project. I can also channel the Knight of Pentacles that I drew at the beginning of the year as a support card for the year ahead. The Knight is a wonder at diligence, follow through, and steadfastly plodding along after a goal. I’m optimistic that my dedication to my creative project will continue throughout the year ahead and that I’ll make major headway.

Linestrider Tarot

The X of Pentacles indicates what can help me reach my goals this year. My first thought- MONEY! Yes, money would surely help me reach many of my goals in the coming year. I could dedicate my time and resources to creating my tarot deck. I could buy a home. I could have really fantastic travel adventures, etc. Money can buy a lot of things. I’ll certainly keep myself open to the Universe offering me chances to bring abundant wealth into my life, but in the meantime, I can also work on my own definition of material abundance. What does it feel like to have enough? Am I appreciating everything that I already have? Can I do more or different things with the resources that I currently possess? Delving into these types of questions and exploring my money mindset even more in the year ahead will help me reach my goals going forward.

The X energy of this card is the energy of an ending and also of a new beginning. In other words, I’m in the middle of a transition. I’m wrapping things up as well as starting things fresh and in that process I get to make a lot of decisions about how I want to show up in the physical world. What ways of being in this body, in this world, on this Earth do I want to let go of and what new ways do I want to develop? In the past year, I’ve been really focused on creating a healthy lifestyle and the habits I believe support that healthy lifestyle. That was the active energy of The Chariot last year, a year in which I decided to eat vegan, moderate my drinking, sleep more, change my exercise habits, do work that is very physical (cleaning houses), meditate daily, align my body at the chiropractor, hydrate, make new friends, and move into a new living situation without roommates. Holy crap! When I look back on that list now and see all the things I have changed in the last year, I am blown away by the progress I have made, the changes I have made, the difference in the way that I feel in my body now. That makes me want to write a lot about The Chariot year!

Anyway, without getting too caught up in another idea for a blog post, I’ll simply say that the X of Pentacles combined with the energy of Strength lends me the energy to persevere in the year ahead. I can appreciate the healthy habits I have integrated into my life in the past year and use Strength to continue those practices. I know that not every day will be be perfect, but Strength helps me be consistent. This is all a practice and I won’t eat, drink, sleep, exercise, and relax to perfection every day, but I can trust that those practices are part of me now. I can begin a new phase with this lifestyle as my foundation for living. Now what can my life be like going forward from this point? The X of Pentacles reminds me to appreciate all that I have integrated and begin this year as a fresh version of myself.

Linestrider Tarot

Lastly, I drew Justice reversed as an indicator of what type of year ahead I can expect. I’ll admit, Justice is not a card that I connect with deeply. Whenever I draw it in a reading I am little taken aback- what does this mean? I welcome this opportunity to work with this card in the year ahead, to consider its meanings and implications, and watch this energy play out in my life. I immediately think, “Well, I’m going to learn a lot about how unfair life can be, how unjust, how dishonest.” And maybe that’s true! I’m not going to say I have a particularly rosy view of the world, especially our current Western political, economic, and social structures. Do I need to get more into that? Do I require more examples of how fucked up and unfair things are around me? I don’t feel like I need that, but it kind of seems like that’s what I’m going to get. Perhaps the world is bringing me to my breaking point, a point at which I will be forced to work harder towards solutions. I aim to create space for light, consciousness, and love in this world, but I’m sure I could do that on a bigger scale. Perhaps this year will bring me to that point of expansion. Boy, that sure doesn’t sound like very much fun, but if there’s one thing I’m learning right now, it’s that transition and growth often feel terrible, hard, and sad even as they bring deep meaning.

It will be important for me in the year ahead to make sure I am taking responsibility for my actions, thoughts, and feelings. Yes, there are lots of things in this world that are outside of my control, but I can’t shirk my role as the master of my own reactions. Many of my reactions are preprogrammed habits that do not serve me and do not exemplify how I actually want to react. It takes my time and effort to change these programs, to consciously move away from knee-jerk responses and instead consider what is actually a reasonably and fair way to react. I will work on that in the year ahead, work on my reactions to injustice and unfairness and reprogram myself to respond in a way that creates the change I want to see in the world. I will hold myself accountable for showing up the way I want others to show up, to be responsible, to be a role model, to treat others and myself with honesty, integrity and fairness. The King of Swords who came up earlier in this reading as a focus for this year also emphasizes this need for honesty and integrity to rule my year ahead.

Justice reversed as well as the King of Swords both speak to the reprograming of Air energy, of mental patterns in my life. The Page of Cups and IX of Cups are about emotional patterns. The Pentacles cards point out reprogramming of physical patterns. And Strength is the overarching mission to guide all this effort with spiritual energy. Obviously, I’m feeling ambitious and grand this morning as I read these cards for my year ahead. I will remember to check in with this reading occasionally, especially at the New Moon reading times to see what progress and development occurs. I hope you enjoyed reading this birthday reading for me. Get in touch any time if you need a little birthday reading for yourself!

Nourishing Our Wholeness with the New Moon in Cancer, July 12th, 2018

Another New Moon is upon us, and this one falls in the sign of Cancer. Cancer brings to the foreground the home, family, motherhood, security, emotions, food, the past/ancestors, and nourishing our very souls. The sign of Cancer is ruled by the Moon, so every year’s New Moon in Cancer is a powerful time to set intentions for new beginnings in these areas, but this year’s New Moon is even more potent as it also involves a partial solar eclipse. An eclipse, in traditional astrology, is a time of change and new beginnings. This heightened energy for change means that the moves we make now towards creating the amazing lives of our dreams are much more likely to have long term effects. Take some time today to reflect on the changes you would like to make to your home, your relationships, your sense of safety and support in the world. You can use these questions to ask your tarot deck for guidance:

~How can I tap into and honor my deepest needs and feelings?
~What changes or new beginnings will best support my home and family life?
~What changes or new beginnings will create security and foundation in my life?
~How can I best nourish and care for myself and those I love?
~What aspects of my past do I need to process and then let go of?
~What aspects of my past serve me well now and into the future?
~How can I set boundaries within my family so I have the space and love to grow?
~How can I be more empathetic?
~Where do I need to foster more love and connection in my life?
~What adds to my sense of safety and security in the world?

Below is a tarot reading I did for us all, offering us guidance at this New Moon time. I didn’t ask any specific question, besides that Cancer give us a message for the moon cycle ahead. I drew one card from three different decks just for fun! It’s interesting to see how meaning can be combined across types of deck:

Mary-el Tarot 6 of Disks, Animal Spirits Knowledge Cards Rabbit, Lunar Nomad Oracle #28 Man

Let me start with Rabbit from the Animal Spirits Knowledge cards, our animal spirit guide for the month ahead. Rabbit is a lunar feminine energy, with many cultures actually seeing a rabbit on the face of the Moon in the sky overhead. The Rabbit guides us through the lunar energy of Cancer season with sensitivity, intuition, empathy, and warmth. Imagine measuring life with the Moon, how would we mark the months, the seasons, time itself. Rabbit as the Moon holds great power to demarcate the cycles of our lives, creating familiarity and patterns in a chaotic world. Many may not notice consciously the cycles of the moon, but the Moon revels in the subconscious anyway. She is a part of us, a constant, a pattern buried deep within us of light and dark even throughout the night. The Rabbit reminds us in the month ahead to appreciate cycles, take comfort in constants, celebrate our shadows, and own the personal power we hold deep inside.

The 6 of Disks in the Mary-el Tarot shows the angel Gabriel in both masculine and feminine form, representing the duality and non-binary aspect of the divine. This divinity is within us all. We each hold the outward, masculine, doing energy as well as the inward, feminine, being energy. Gabriel is the “Strength of God”, she is the messenger who tells us all that we can manifest whatever it is we came here to do. We have that power. We are each on an individual mission, a plan, a life with a purpose and we were born with everything we need to manifest that meaning. Yes, you were born with divine gifts, you are one with your higher self, you are a holistic being. Still the manifestation of your gifts requires your effort, your commitment, your blood, sweat, and tears. Never fear that it isn’t worth it, that it isn’t working, that you will fail. Do not doubt. Put in the work and earn your rewards. You are wholly capable and deserving.

The Man from the Lunar Nomad Oracle card strikes me in it’s imagery so reminiscent of the traditional Strength card of the Rider Waite Smith tarot deck. On Strength we see a woman with a lion, whereas on this oracle card we see a man and a lion. Generally, Strength is thought of as a feminine energy with it’s counterpart, The Chariot, representing masculine energy. Once again, as with the 6 of Disks, with The Man we are confronted by the duality within each of us, our ability to hold simultaneously both masculine and feminine energy. Subduing the lion, harnessing and pacifying that energy is a beautiful and courageous thing to do. At other times we need to provoke the lion within us, take action, be brave and daring. This melds perfectly with the 6 of Disk’s message to internally believe we are strong and capable and to USE that belief by acting out our passions and intentions. The Man gives us the impetus, the will to go for it!

There is so much we can manifest in this life. There is so much we are capable of doing. The key is to believe deeply in ourselves. We need to believe in our personal power, our ability to do great things, our meaning and purpose in this lifetime. We also need to take risks, to act, to work hard at what we want to be, create, and do. These are not two sides of the same coin, they are simply us, our wholeness. We don’t have to be this and then that, we can be everything all at once. That is connecting to the higher self, the divinity within us that doesn’t take sides, doesn’t differentiate, but simply allows it all to be present right now. Be fully present in the now at this New Moon in Cancer!

There you have it, another beautiful New Moon reading for you all. I hope you enjoyed it! If you would like a personalized New Moon reading, please get in touch. I’m available for email readings and in-person readings in the Nashville, TN area.

 

Spreading Peace with the New Moon in Pisces, March 17, 2018

Happy New Moon in Pisces!! It’s that time of month again when we take a moment to set intentions on how we are going to reach our goals for the month ahead. I like to believe that life is about growth, and we can all grow each month, little by little. Nothing is stagnant, even a down cycle, fallow period, or time of decay is setting the stage for continued growth in the future. It can be hard to accept these times of small action or even backwards type progress, but these times are so necessary.

With the New Moon in Pisces this decay can bring healing and reconnection. Pisces energy makes hidden growth a little bit easier to allow. We more naturally accept that roots are growing down while nothing much is happening on the surface. Pisces integrates with the whole, seeing how everything is connected and whatever is happening in your life is exactly what needs to be happening for you to live your life purpose. There is much creative energy, intuitive energy, and use of your imagination. Setting intentions that focus or bring in these types of energy will facilitate your progress towards your goals this month. Let’s ask the tarot how we can connect with Pisces to set powerful intentions for the month ahead!

Linestrider Tarot: Wheel of Fortune rx, II of Cups rx, IX of Swords

What aspects of my creativity or intuition need to be expressed this month?-
Wheel of Fortune rx
The Wheel of Fortune reversed is an interesting card to receive as guidance for expressing our creativity and delving into our intuition this month. It is calling us to trust. It is inviting us to believe. How do you use your intuition this month? By being intuitive. It doesn’t sound like much of an answer, you shouldn’t use the word in the definition of the word, but this is what the tarot has to offer us. The Wheel of Fortune reversed points towards that downward cycle, that decay, that hidden growth that happens in the dark, in the subconscious, outside of our understanding. We must intuitive trust and believe in that cyclical energy of our lives.

What creative ways can you express your subconscious? You could try writing your thoughts without structure, in a free flow. You could paint or draw without a subject, just whatever is in your soul to create. You could record your dreams or make them into a song or dance. The point of any of this creative action is to release what is no longer working for you. Pisces energy allows transition, out with the old patterns and ways of doing things, thinking your thoughts, and feelings your emotions. When you let go of those patterns it brings change, and we all know change is hard. The Wheel of Fortune reversed invites us into that difficult process of transition, but you can proceed with the full knowledge that after you release the old, you make room for the new. Utilize your artistic and creative outlets, whatever speaks to you this month, to help that transition, to process your thoughts, feelings, and physical patterns.

How can I heal my pains and fears by confronting them?- II of Cups rx
The II of Cups is concerned with relationships of all kinds: romantic, familiar, friendships, coworkers, acquaintances, strangers passing by on the street.  We are in relationship with everyone we come in contact with and acknowledging that connection is important. So often we put up barriers between ourselves and other people. We think we need to protect ourselves from anger or sad people. We think that we’ll never see a certain person again so why put in the effort to be kind. We’re afraid that our kindness will be ignored, or worse, rejected and met with hostility, so we don’t even try.

These are the pains and fears that we need to address this month ahead with Pisces. We need to work on being more open, gentle, and loving in our relationships with other people, animals, plants, and our environment in general. When we confront our fear of openness and allow our barriers to come down, the interactions and relationships we foster fill our lives with joy and happiness. It’s okay to have boundaries, deciding who you allow into your life and who gets turned away at the gate, but there is a big difference between an impenetrable wall around your heart and a permeable barrier that lets in the light that others have to share with you. The II of Cups reversed reminds us not to be closed off to allow people to filter into our worlds.

What do I have to offer or contribute to the wholeness of the planet?- IX of Swords
The IX of Swords represents doubts and anxieties, and while I don’t think they are particularly wonderful things that you can contribute to the health and wellbeing of the planet, I do think your awareness of what negative thoughts and emotions you are putting into the world is vital. We each need to be conscious of the energy that we are projecting into our environments. We want to take accountability for the vibrations that we are exuding, so that we can be aware and make adjustments if the energy we’re putting out there is making a situation worse.

If we can’t control our emotions or negative thoughts, the best thing for each of us to do is remove ourselves from the situation. Give the emotion time and space to dissipate and get back into a place of calm and peace. Coming at a problem from a place of fear never yields the kind of expansive and joyful results that we are looking for or wish on anyone else. The IX of Swords asks us each to take responsibility for our energy, be awake and aware to our fears and anxieties so that we aren’t unconsciously subjecting others to our negativity and bringing more people into fear with us.

I hope you enjoyed this New Moon in Pisces reading and found some inspiring advice and guidance for setting your intentions for the month ahead. This month, I intend to practice utilizing my intuition by doing more tarot readings and spending time in meditation. I intend to use my creativity by sewing tarot bags, collaging cards for my friends, writing morning pages, and editing photographs. I intend to confront my fear of relationships with other people by sharing compliments, waving to strangers while walking the dog, and writing emails to friends who I haven’t seen in years. I intend to contribute to the health of the planet by taking my recycling to the recycling center, volunteering at the humane society, and doing animal advocacy work. I intend to go forward with light and love in my heart, confronting my fear and negavity by holding space for it instead of indulging in escapism. What about you!? What are your intentions for the month ahead?

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!