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 ūüôā 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.

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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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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!!!

Tarot Blog Hop: Asking Advice of Our Ancestors

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For this edition of the Tarot Blog Hop we are focused around the the holiday of Samhain, this time of year when the veil between this world and the next is thinnest. Each blogger will be communing with the tarot and with their ancestors to see what interesting and rewarding connections can be made. I chose to use The Mary-el Tarot deck to communicate with my ancestors because I feel like this deck holds that magic potential to contact spirits and guides. Here are the cards I drew with the questions and interpretations that I gleaned from them below:fullsizerender

What ancestors am I communicating with today?- 7 of Cups
The Wolf is my animal self and my higher self. I encounter the Wolf when I go off of the well-beaten path through life and instead strike out on my own. When I create my own path through life, I encounter the Wolf. He leads me through my subconscious, reminding me that reality as I know it is just one way of perceiving some of what exists in my own way. The Wolf is earthy. He connects me to this planet. The Wolf is also otherworldly and mysterious, connecting me to the Moon.

When I asked what ancestors I’m communicating with, I’m not entirely sure what the answer is with this Wolf. He lies outside of that path through life that my ancestors created for me. He is all of reality and also outside of my reality. He shows that special meeting point when I change myself and therefore change reality, opening up the possibility of seeing more than I saw before. The Wolf is my spirit guide through the darkness.

What can you tell me about the meaning of human life on Earth?- Queen of Disks
The Queen of Disks is the embodiment of love on Earth. She is The Empress in physical form: womankind, motherhood, fertility, joy, and sustenance. The physical form is important to the meaning of life. The Wolf understands this and works harmoniously through the Queen of Discs. The Earth is where we are nurtured and where we grow. The limitations of physical bodies and senses constrain us, shaping us into societal norms. We are part of the garden of humanity, nurtured by this Queen. We are here to learn love, to learn joy, and to be shaped into abundant creatures.

What lessons do I need to use from my heritage?- 9 of Disks
This is the integration of all elements, the knowledge that I am made up of fire, water, air and earth in equal and balanced measures. The 9 of Disks reminds me to know myself and that I do already know myself.  I am a beautiful part of the natural order of life. I am meant to be here. I am an intentional person. I am part of the whole, connected to the eternal through my eternal soul as well as all the tiny bits of this and that which are a part of me for a instant and then gone. The lesson here is a simple but powerful reminder that I am a part of everything and this life has meaning.

What should I know about the present?- The Star
This card was immediately my favorite message from the Wolf ancestor. It was great to see a Major card for the present moment. This vibes with my desire to live fully in the now and bring hope and joy into it. Now is the most important time. Now is the only time. The Star is a messenger of hope. She shines bright in the darkness. She is authentic and true. She spreads peace and understanding. These are beautiful ideals to bring into the present. I must strive to be true to my Higher Self, to my inner Star. This requires me to set aside my ego, my illusions of separateness, my regrets, and my fears. To be The Star is no easy thing in practice, but at least it is a wonderfully easy thing to understand in theory. The theory is written upon our hearts. It is a constant in our souls. We all live in hope.

What message do I need about the future?- 6 of Swords
The imagine on the 6 of Swords is a heartwarming one. I see an angel guiding me and protecting me in my future. He is helping me along my path, providing lessons with empathy and thoughtfulness. This is the angel Raphael, who leads us towards completion and integration by enlightening us in our ignorance, healing us, and caring for us. His gentle manner allows the weaker and neglected aspects of myself to be helped along in order for me to become my whole self. I can lean on his acceptance and guidance in the future, knowing that this energy is a natural part of myself.

I enjoy how the symbol of the Wolf is now my friendly dog spirit guide in this image. This animal energy is as essential to me as the developing balance of masculine/feminine or light/dark energy represented by the children. The symbol of the caduceus that Raphael holds, which was also in the 9 of Disks, represents this perfect balance of all aspects and parts of myself coming together in harmony. What a peaceful message to keep in mind for the future. It might not be an easy path, but I am not alone or unprotected on it.

Well, there you go. Some messages from my ancestors. Why don’t you give this reading a try as well? I found it to be insightful and comforting. The Mary-el Tarot is suited to this type of reading with it’s heavy symbolism and deep spirituality. It would be interesting to do this with a more light-hearted deck and see if I got more whimsical messages or more something else. If you would like to read more thoughts and ideas about contacting your ancestors with the tarot, follow along on the Tarot Blog Hop! ¬†Here are the links to hop along!!

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Birthday Reading for My Year of The Lovers

Another birthday, another birthday tarot reading! My birthday was July 8th and it was fantastic. My sister came in from Philly¬†and two friends from Boston came for a visit as well and we just lived it up. That’s why my reading write up is a little late! I did schedule in the time to draw the cards on my actual birthday though, because that just makes me so happy. If you want to do a birthday reading for yourself, or have me do one for you, it really doesn’t have to be on your birthday. I just love the symbolism and the nurturing effect of spending quality time focusing on myself on my special annual day.

I’m entering a new tarot year cycle, like you do every year,¬†and this one will be ruled by The Lovers. The Lovers represent personal values and personal belief systems. They come after the energy of The Hierophant which is society telling you the norms of behavior, emotion, action, and belief. With The Lovers comes self-made decisions and choices about what you personally believe and how you want to align your actions with those beliefs. These decisions often involve how and who we love, how we form partnerships, and what we believe and do in our relationships. I’m going to get married during my year of The Lovers! Whoot!

I will get to writing more of my thoughts on what a year of The Lovers entails at a later date, but for now, I’m exploring the possibilities of how The Lovers energy will manifest in my current year through this tarot reading.¬†Here are the cards from The Wild Unknown Tarot deck that I drew and the meanings of the positions below:
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What do I bring with me to this year of The Lovers? Ace of Wands
Creativity, ideas, passion, drive, fecundity. This looks like the best card of the draw to me right now! ūüôā I’m bringing a lot of enthusiasm and fresh energy with me to the start of this year. The Ace of Wands reminds me of all the ideas and creative projects I have going on right now. It feels like I have something wonderful to bring with me, that I am inspired, and ready to create. I can bring sunshine, creativity, and a sense of blossoming into the coming year. There is a lot of potential with the Ace of Wands, the key is to tap into that potential, work hard, and make something happen. Pure potential is great, but it doesn’t manifest on it’s own- I have to make use of it. It is a seed that needs to be nurtured in order for it to grow. My challenge is to keep going when the initial excitement of the year’s beginning recedes and I have still have to do the work of caring for and growing my projects.

What is The Lovers beneficial influence?- V of Swords reversed 
Learning to get along, figuring out how to communicate, refraining from competition. The V of Swords reversed signals the cessation of the classic struggle inherent in all 5 cards in the tarot deck. The Swords often have to do with a battle of the mind, so this year could find me learning how to quiet the negative voice inside my head that says, “You’re not doing as well as others. You are not fitting in. You need to beat the competition. You are not worthy of love. You are doing a bad job at life.” Or any other dark thought pattern that acts to¬†separate myself mentally from those around me because I’ve decided that we are at odds. The Lovers is a card of harmony, it’s about working together towards common goals, it’s realizing that we are all one, and there is room for each of us to succeed. This year is a time for compromise and focusing on shared goals. It is a year for learning to love myself and to value my contribution to the world.

What blocks or oppositions need I be aware of?- III of Swords reversed
Refusal to make decisions, carrying past hurts, stuck in a negative space. Ah yes, the challenge for me this year will also be about the mental blocks that keep me from feeling integrated and whole with the Universe. We are all guilty of getting stuck thinking about how things have gone wrong in the past and sinking into our suffering and sorrow. Life is suffering! Yes, but it is also joy. It is a balance. It is a duality, just like The Lovers. This card shows us the yin and yang of life and asks us to make an effort to figure out the process of integration into a whole self. The III of Swords reversed is a clear warning to me that I will tend towards the negative this year, shying away from compromise, holding onto grudges, and keeping a narrow worldview. That is basically how the mind works in general, so my obstacle is known and acknowledged. Now all I have to do is keep that awareness and not let it stop me from working towards the integrated harmony of The Lovers. That’s it!?

What do I need to learn during this cycle?- The Hermit reversed
Coming out of my shell, spiritual connection to others, involvement in the world. I love being The Hermit, spending my time in quiet contemplation and isolation, exploring my calm inner center and the spiritual mysteries of life. This Hermit behavior is solitary though, and a year of The Lovers is about connection. I would love to learn this year how to connect and how to enjoy that sharing with others on a spiritual level. I want more people to find my tarot business and join with me on this path of discovery and self-awareness. I want to create a supportive and nurturing community that helps to lift each other up, instead of relying solely on my own resources to grown and protect myself. This is a difficult thing for me, it will not come naturally. The next card, The Emperor, has some advice on how I can effectively leave my shell and be more extroverted in the world.

How can I best incorporate these lessons into my life?- The Emperor
Confidence, authority, extroversion, nonstop power poses. The Emperor is the epitome of outward confidence, discipline, and authority. He truly knows what he knows and is not afraid or shy to exhibit that. The masculine energy here means doing and involvement, not being and isolation. I need to define my structures and trust in my foundation. Honestly, I feel like I do have a lot of self-confidence, I’m just not particularly keen on sharing that with others. I feel like the message here is, “Just do it.” Use fire energy to do without overplanning, overthinking it, or hesitation. I really can’t accomplish my goals by being the Hermit, no matter how much I would love it if that happened. Perhaps a bit of time working with the outward energy of the Emperor is enough so that I can build up a sustainable business and then go back within in the future, where I like to hang out.

What area of my life will be most influenced by The Lovers?- IV of Pentacles reversed
Financial stability will be difficult to achieve, feelings of security in the world will be lacking. Things are not looking so well financially for me at this time. Moving to Nashville, car repairs, medical bills, it all adds up and The Willow Path Tarot isn’t quite at the point where it covers all the expenses, nor is touring with Kristen. The IV of Pentacles reversed is all about holding onto your money, perhaps even greedily, but definitely not spending wads of cash on whatever might be tantalizing and shiny in the moment. Perhaps this year I will better define my relationship to money, or at least define it at all. Right now I feel like I am a super responsible money manager, paying my bills, and knowing to the penny what my cashflow situation is. Yet at the same time I am a super good vacation planner budgeting meticulously for the longest, most fun trip. I can earn it, but I can also spend it. What will make me happier though? Getting a steady job and having some money in the bank? Or being self-employed and having the freedom to make my own schedule but without that financial security? Perhaps this year of The Lovers will help me align my financial goals and values with my actual work actions.

What will be the most likely result at the end of this year?- Father of Pentacles reversed
Finances out of wack, time management skills lacking, not succeeding in being an Emperor. The way things are going right now I’m really resisting the need to get out of my introverted state and do more out in the world. The Father of Pentacles is the ultimate business manager. He knows how to market himself, set his financial goals, and work to achieve them. I’m really good at knowing what my goals are, but not on the part about working and moving towards those goals. I make great plans, but I do not execute well. If I truly want to succeed in growing my business, creating a firm financial structure, and feeling secure in my physical world, I need to be more present and involved in that physical world. I need to show up, connect, ground, and interact. This is my wake up call that if I don’t change my outlook on work, home, and finances, I’m not going to make any progress in ruling this domain during this year of The Lovers. The Lovers do not lend me much help here because they are associated with Gemini and Air, which is so my thing, living in the cerebral world of thinking and planning. The energy energy of the Father of Pentacles reversed reminds me that I may be in my air element with a Lovers year, but my element does not support the kind of physical security in the world that I am craving right now. I need to adjust course and work towards my goals more concretely.

Okay, well there you have it, my birthday reading for myself. I feel like there is big work to be done this year and I know where to focus my energy if I am committed to growth. I know there are tons of grounding things I can do for myself to support that growth and I am excited to put in the effort. My life feels purposeful and directed, now my challenge is to follow that feeling.  Wish me luck!

Gemini New Moon Messages Tarot Reading, June 4th, 2016

What’s new, everybody!? Well, the moon¬†is new in the sign of Gemini today, which may give you a deeper desire to communicate and engage with those around you.¬†The Gemini New Moon is communicative, so this is a great time to get your message out there. What do you want to tell your lover, your friends, your coworkers, or the whole wide world? You have the ability and gumption to spread the word with this New Moon, whether it be in writing, a conversation, or a work of art, etc. As usual, I’ve done a special tarot reading to help us get in alignment with the fresh, inspired energy of the New Moon. This month’s reading gives us each advice from the tarot:

The Hierophant Shadowscapes tarot

The Hierophant
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What message do you need to share at this New Moon?- The Hierophant
The Hierophant wants you to share your wisdom, your knowledge, and your expertise. We each have¬†things that we just know how to do better than others. Perhaps you have extensive experience in a matter which you see a friend or loved one struggling with now. Why not offer them your insight into the situation, share your story? You don’t have to force your perspective or advice down their throat, but you can gently let them know that they are not alone and they will get through it. The Hierophant is a reminder that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel since most of the time you are not the first human to ever go through something. If you are struggling, look to a wise counsellor for help, someone who you can trust and open up to. Often getting a feeling into words and off your chest is the first step towards healing.

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The Emperor rx Shadowscapes tarot

What advice will help you most effectively communicate this message?- Emperor rx
Like I mentioned above, the best way to communicate with others is avoid¬†condescending or lording your experience over them. Just because you have done it and can see the solution or feel like it is so easy to get over whatever is bugging your friend, just means you are forgetting how hard it was before. You need to tune into your empathy instead of Mr. Fix-It behavior. Instead of saying, “You know what you need to do, xyz, etc.?,” try saying, “Ugh, that is tough but I’m sure you can get through it and I support you.” ¬†Do you see the difference? In that same vein, if you are the one doing the sharing, ask yourself if you are looking for advice or support? Find a friend or counsellor who will meet that need. There is a big need for love, generosity, and acceptance now so open up your heart to the warmth of others.

VI of Swords rx Shadowscapes tarot

VI of Swords rx
Shadowscapes tarot

How can you channel your creativity and inspiration to learn to communicate?- VI of Swords rx
It is time to learn how to let go. Well, it is always time to learn how to let go since this is a constant process for us baggage holder humans. Our minds want to cling to past hurts, slights, and regrets, but honestly those rarely serve us in any helpful capacity. It’s time to find some techniques for moving into the present and out of the past. Your Hierophant advisor may have some thoughtful ideas on how to go about doing this so look for mentors or guides to lead you to the next level of letting go. You need to learn to recognize your resistance, your blocks, and your triggers. These are constants that you will find popping up over and over again in a similar pattern. Getting a firm grasp of where your resistance crops up is a great step towards working to overcome it.

Gemini energy is fresh and playful so make an effort to get out there and have some fun while the New Moon is energizing this sign. Air signs love to be outside breathing in refreshing oxygen, so take some time for outdoor play.  Gemini also has a great sense of humor so enjoy a good laugh at a funny movie or playing games with friends. When was the last time you played charades? This is the perfect opportunity to communicate through play!

As usual, I invite you to get in touch if you would like a personal New Moon reading! I am available for email readings that we can customize to whatever question you have for the cards.  I look forward to hearing from you!

Fire Energy Tarot Reading for the New Moon in Aries

The Aries New Moon is upon us and with it comes some intense fire energy. ¬†Get ready to light things up! Aries is all about action, individuality, self-expression, and inspiration. ¬†This is a time to start something new that has been brewing inside of you, or to find sudden inspiration to do something you’ve never done before! ¬†Work with the Aries New Moon to bring into your life a couple of intentions or aspirations for the next moon cycle. ¬†New Moons are all about beginnings, planting seeds, and slowly starting to flourish. ¬†This would be a great night to sit by a fire and spell out your intentions or goals. ¬†Tell a friend or lover, journal it in your notebook, or just gaze into the flames to envision your future. ¬†Here is some practical advice from the tarot on working with the energy of the New Moon in Aries!

The Hierophant Shadowscapes tarot

The Hierophant
Shadowscapes tarot

Where do I need more fire energy in my life to spark new inspiration and creativity?- The Hierophant
You need more fire energy in your work, in your society, in your belief system, in your personal world structure. ¬†The Hierophant is not a fiery guy, but he is a persistent, steady, wise and hard-working guy. ¬†He is inspired by truth, by faith, and by his community. He asks you to bring fire energy into your daily routine. ¬†If you are not normally a super energetic or spontaneous person, this type of fire energy will be right up your alley. ¬†Instead of jumping in, you can plan it out. ¬†You can systematically say, ¬†“I need more passion and soul in this area of my life. ¬†This is how I’m going to do it.” ¬†You will have creative insights and more drive than usual to pinpoint those areas, make those changes, and bring about change. ¬†If you are normally quite fiery, The Hierophant asks you to direct that fire, to streamline it into huge achievement. ¬†If you’re always be tugged by the divine muses to create, now is your chance to channel those nudges of creativity into a full roaring fire of productivity. ¬†Work with Hierophant energy to create that channel, to make systems and processes for bringing your inspiration into form. ¬†This is a wonderful time for hard-working accomplishments.

The Hanged Man Shadowscapes Tarot

The Hanged Man
Shadowscapes Tarot

What can I do or create to better express my personality and individuality?- The Hanged Man rx
You need to stop waiting around for the perfect moment and act now.¬†¬†You need to stop putting other people’s needs first and get your oxygen mask before assisting your neighbor. ¬†There is a certain honor to altruistic behaviors, but not when you take it to the extreme of martyrdom, especially when no one even asked you for help in the first place. ¬†Do you even know what you want? ¬†How do you want to live? What do you want to create? ¬†What is your soul person? ¬†The Hanged Man asks you to take a look at those questions with fresh perspective, new angles, a spotlight of hope and wonder. ¬†Don’t hesitate, don’t delay, now is the time. ¬†You can dig deep into your psyche and explore your soul. ¬†You can shine a light on yourself and recognize who you are. ¬†You can figure out how you are hiding or repressing your individuality and personality. ¬†You can decide not to continue those practices of self-denial and martyrdom. ¬†You are the most important person in your life. ¬†There is no “your life” without you, so start treating yourself as #1.

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IX of Cups           Shadowscapes tarot

How can I have more fun and glowing active energy in my life?- IX of Cups
Open up your heart! ¬†The IX of Cups wants you to know that fun and games are good for you. ¬†Having fun soothes the weary spirit. ¬†It heals the wounded heart. ¬†When you let fire energy and inspiration glow inside of you, you also allow for feelings of happiness and joy to be acceptable. ¬†You do not have to be a miserable person. ¬†You are not obligated to be negative, or trapped, or hate the things you are doing. You can take a fresh approach. ¬†You can say that you are lucky, that you are blessed, and that you love the life you’re living. ¬†You can be happy to be alive. ¬†You don’t have to be jaded to fit in. ¬†You don’t have to worry about seeming like a nut or a superficial person for not being bogged down by the sadness and weight of the world. ¬†If we each enjoyed ourselves a little more, brought more happiness and love into the world, and smiled at one another, perhaps the burdens of the world would start to dissipate. ¬†Perhaps we are perpetuating sorrow by clinging to it when it is better to focus on love than to focus on anything else at all.

I hope you enjoyed this New Moon reading for the fire energy of Aries on this April 7, 2016. This was a pretty heavy reading, lots of intense energy for us!  As usual, if you would like to order a personalized New Moon reading or any email tarot reading, please check out my readings page and select the right reading for you.  I look forward to working with you to create empowered change through personal insight and self-discovery.  XOXOX!

Tarot Blog Hop: Awaken The Heart

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For this tarot blog hop we are exploring the theme: “…the still point of the center of the fixed stimulates germination and the awakening of the heart.”

We are right at the mid point between the beginning of winter and the beginning of spring. That makes today the cross quarter day at the exact middle of winter. This day is referred to as Imbolc in the pagan tradition, or Candlemas in the Christian religion. This is a fixed point, a moment of stillness, and an opportunity to connect deeply with the present. Through this acknowledgment of being, we open to the germination of new seeds and the growth that comes after. This germination allows for an awakening of our heart center. When we are present in the moment we easily bring joy into our hearts. Joy creates expansion and growth. Our stillness is a gift that facilitates this process. Today is a beautiful day to connect with being.

Imbolc¬†takes place in the astrological sign of Aquarius which is represented in the tarot by The Star card. Our tasks for this blog hop is to expound upon the idea that The Star card and Aquarius are connected to the concept “…the still point of the center of the fixed stimulates germination and the awakening of the heart.” Honestly, for me, this sentence resonates most strongly with The High Priestess. I always think of her as representing that still place at the heart center from which all that is possible is allowed and created. When I connect to my inner wisdom and intuition, I channel the energy of The High Priestess in order to enter the now and makes decisions and take action from a place of peace and inner light. The more I thought about this blog hop though, the more interested I became in the connection between The High Priestess and The Star card. So I’ve decided to write about some ideas I have about that connection!

High Priestess Shadowscapes Tarot

High Priestess
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The Star                             Shadowscapes Tarot

Let us consider this: If The High Priestess is the archetype of inner stillness, The Star is the outward manifestation of that stillness. If The High Priestess is inner knowing on a subconscious level, then The Star is faith and trust in self wisdom in the conscious everyday world. The High Priestess is the calm voice from within; The Star is the listener who hears and believes in that serene voice of wisdom. The High Priestess is the inherent nature of being; The Star brings that act of being into the world to be shared with and seen by others. The High Priestess is astrologically associated with The Moon, the heavenly body that singly rules the night sky while the stars, in prolific abundance, cause us to wish spontaneously upon them. Imbolc is the time when that act of being awakens wishes for new beginnings. The Star gives you the encouragement and hope to sow your seeds of belief, to allow your subconscious to come into the growing light toward spring, and to listen to your faith.

Here is a suggestion for a tarot spread to explore your connection to The High Priestess and The Star at Imbolc. First, take these two cards from your deck and place them before you. Gaze upon these two cards as you shuffle your deck however you prefer. Meditate on stillness. Ask for your heart to be awakened and allow fresh seeds of spring to be planted in conditions for optimal growth.

Ask The High Priestess: “What wisdom does the subconscious of my calm inner center wish to share with me at Imbolc?” ¬†Draw as many cards as you wish to receive from The High Priestess.

Ask The Star: “How can I listen to, trust, and consciously use this wisdom in my every day life?”¬†Draw as many cards as you wish to receive from The Star.

I hope you enjoy this tarot spread idea and Happy Imbolc to all you!

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Capricorn New Moon Reading for January 9, 2016

The year starts out, as per usual, with a New Moon in Capricorn.¬†Capricorn is associated with ambition, determination, and practicality. These are the perfect characteristics for goal-setting and planning at the beginning of a new lunar cycle, and more importantly- a NEW YEAR! ¬†(My excitement about 2016 has not worn off just yet!!) We humans seem to love making resolutions at the beginning of the year, but we don’t tend to love following through on them. I know I’ve made a million resolutions and am already a bit nervous about how my follow through is going. Why is that? Maybe it’s because we don’t make those resolutions any fun! Well, I think the tarot makes everything more fun, so I’m going to use the Wild Unknown Tarot deck to ask for some guidance for all of us at this turning point in the year. Let’s see what advice we receive for making our goals more achievable and joyful this time around!

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The Wild Unknown Tarot deck

What will help me effectively plan my creations for the year?- VII of Cups reversed
It’s time to break down illusions. Whatever fantasies or pipe dreams you are holding onto from the past, now is the time to let them go in order to plan for the future. Perhaps you are sad that you will never be a ballerina or an astronaut, but you know what, you are something else right now. Focus on the person you are who actually exists now, instead of lamenting the person you thought you were going to be. What do you like about yourself? What do you want to improve? If you absolutely must be a ballerina, start taking classes now! Make some specific and achievable steps that will get you moving in the right direction.

The VII of Pentacles reversed also asks you to make sure you aren’t latching on to day dreams that serve only to distract you. Yes, it may be fun to imagine your trip around the world in a hot air balloon, but that kind of escapism can be detrimental if you never get around to making concrete goals in reality. Know that many of your fantasies would not actually make you happy or be that fun and life fulfilling. That hot air balloon trip?- miserable. ¬†As it turns out you have a fear of heights, small spaces, and peeing in a jar. Distinguish between things that are fun to imagine and things you actually want to do in the real world. Put aside the fantasies for a little bit now to do some goal setting.

How can I commit fully to my intentions this year?- III of Swords reversed
It’s time to leave sorrow behind. Your past hurts, regrets, and pain do not define you as a person. You are so much more than all the bad things that have come to pass in your life. Those circumstances need to be released so that you can create room inside of you for new experiences, new growth, new thoughts and feelings. If you are using up all your mental capacity on remembering your woes, you leave no room for contemplating your happiness. It’s time to devise ways to work through and release your pain. Some ideas are: go to therapy, talk to friends, journal, meditate, do a hypnosis session, etc.

Just as the VII of Pentacles reversed ask you to distinguish between fantasies and goals, the III of Swords reversed wants you to distinguish between unhealing wounds and mere slights. Deep sorrow from the past may change you forever, but it doesn’t make you incapable of moving on and finding gratitude and appreciation in everything that comes after it. You may never be the same after the death of a loved one, for example, but that does not mean you are incapable of experiencing joy and success every again. Less traumatizing past experiences can also be released and forgotten. That guy who stepped on your foot on the bus? Stop replaying in your head all the nasty things you could have said to him to make him feel bad. Your foot is fine!¬†Don’t let you mind feed on a vicious cycle of negative. Try replacing those mean-spirited conversations in your head with positive affirmations and encouragement.

What can ground me in the joy of my responsibilities and goals?-
VII of Pentacles reversed
Try not to hold onto one vision of success. If you are obsessively focused on a fixed outcome, you lose the opportunity for spontaneity, for serendipity, to let your path unfold as you go. If there is only one acceptable outcome in your future, you create lots of pain and misery when you end up achieving something else, no matter how awesome that something else may be. Set your goals, but also allow the future to remain a mysterious place of varied outcomes. It is more important to be present and joyful in the moment, than to slave away toward a future that ultimately is unknowable. Not all means to an end are worth the goal. Don’t ruin the world now in an effort to create something to save it later, that just doesn’t make sense.

Remember to check in on your progress towards you goals often. Do you even want the same thing you started out to achieve now that you are working on it? Recognize all of the peripheral effects your striving has produced and check in on how you feel about these consequences. Just don’t grind along blindly towards your goals without giving them regular updates and attention. You may find that you have veered off course, and you may even like where you are headed more than your original goal! Otherwise, regular check ins will help you get back on track before you totally derail.

Well, there you go! ¬†Another New Moon reading from The Willow Path Tarot, and the first on for 2016. I hope this reading gives you some mental clarity and encouragement for setting your goals for the coming year. If you would like to get a personalized reading for the new year, I am offering one for a short period, until the end of January. Get in touch! with me at thewillowpathtarot@gmail.com ¬†I’m always excited to work with you!