You’ve worked hard for your keep, with discipline and perseverance. Physically, some important goals are finally being achieved. You’re probably moving towards a place where you feel more at ease, a practical stability. The fruits of your labour can now be recognized and finally enjoyed.
Take some time today to quietly congratulate yourself . You’ve worked hard and deserve what you’ve received. Though the road hasn’t always been easy, developing patience and inner strength will prove well worth it.
Like many of you, I got a few new Tarot decks over the holidays. My collection has been steadily growing through the years, but each deck is unique, a personality onto itself with its own distinct perspective.
Before I really get down to studying any new cards, I like to start the relationship off with a ‘get to know you’ type spread. It’s sort of like an interview to see how we’re likely to get along and what might be expected from our dialogue.
In this spread, I pulled four cards, reading them separately, then in one grand overview.
1) to represent the type of energy the new deck embodies
2) to indicate the type of questions the new deck is particularly interested in
3) describes the emotional tone of the deck
4) what the new deck expects from me
Using my new Tarot of Initiation, a majors only deck by Emmett Brennan, the first card I pulled was #6, The Lovers. The picture is of a wedding. Many figures are in the scene. The bride and groom, two young men, an officiate, a lion, eagle, cherub, oroborus, and two ladies that look suspiciously like the Empress and the dancing woman from The World card.
This deck has the energy of commitment, unification, and a welcoming fraternity. It speaks from many perspectives and shines brightest when it succeeds in making a whole out of disparate parts.
When I asked what type of questions this deck likes best, I got #1, the Magician. A person is standing at an altar, right arm raised holding a caduceus, left arm pointing to the ground. A book is open before him, incense is burning and the four suits of the Tarot are all represented.
The Magician points to beginnings, new ways of thinking and communicating. He has open, illuminated and directed intellect. And he’s likely to talk your ear off.
I think this deck will be happy to talk about anything and everything, but especially about new directions. It’s best at offering a way to focus one’s will. Start with the ideal and go from there. It’s interested in the big picture. No surprise it’s majors only.
The card describing the emotional tone of the deck is #5, The Hierophant. The image is quite traditional with a pope-like figure sitting above two acolytes. A cross on his crown reaches towards the sky, while one on his robe points to the ground below. His adoring monks are kneeling before him.
No soft edges here, this deck isn’t up for any coddling. It’s mostly interested in being a vehicle of enlightenment to those that come before it. It sees itself as a medium of sober, practical wisdom rather than a shoulder to cry on.
The final card asks something of me. And it’s #0, The Fool. Could it be more perfect? The figure in the picture is standing by a cliff, satchel tied to a caduceus over his left shoulder and in his left hand a cup. His wolf dog is with him.
The abyss seems dark and deep though The Fool stands very close to the edge. Above him is something like a stage, an empty lunar landscape, but with the sun shining above and through it.
When I approach this deck, it expects me to be open, innocent and fearless. A clean slate, an empty stage – all things are possible. I’m being asked to relinquish all preconceptions and just let the cards speak.
Overall, it seems clear. Approach this deck as the Fool begins a journey, eyes wide open and no baggage. With directed will and a firm commitment to oneself, Tarot of Initiation offers wisdom from within and beyond, and asks only that I meet it with respect and an enthusiasm for enlightenment.
Today you might find yourself simply working and waiting. You’ve been trying hard but it probably feels like there’s little to show for it. Keep your chin up! You are actively creating change in your life, but it takes time.
Try not to get down on yourself while the process continues. Commitment means sticking through the dull, tough times to reach your goal. You’re well on your way and it would be a shame not to keep going. In fact, the hardest part now is not to give up for fear of failure.
There’s still work ahead, but you’re going in the right direction. Keep plugging away and you will succeed.
Money is probably hard to come by, while time is even more precious. Wherever you look, though, it seems like someone else is asking for more. The tendency here is to gather yourself and your resources and go off alone to think. Go ahead and do that if you’d like, but try not to get yourself too closed off. You probably have more than you think you do. Maybe even enough to share.
If you’re being asked to spend on something that will help establish an even firmer foundation than you presently have, give it some serious thought. It might be more than you had anticipated, but the pay offs are probably well worth it. Extravagant or foolish spending is not recommended, but remember the old adage – it takes money to make money. If you don’t put it out there, be it actual money, your physical effort or something else you consider really important, nothing’s coming back.
This is true about your emotions as well, don’t hold them too close to the chest. Be generous with your heart. Remember, you get what you give.
Looking for a New Year’s Tarot crafting project? Why not make your very own Georgie’s Tarot!
What you’ll need:
•13 letter size pages of sticker paper – Avery makes the kind I’ve always used
•2 packs of standard playing cards with the same back design and colour – I usually get used casino decks from the dollar store
•a decent pair of scissors
What to do:
•on your sticker paper, print out Georgie’s Tarot from the PDF below (try a test run first on regular paper)
•cut out each of the cards using the outer borders as your guide
•adhere each stickered image to a playing card
And that’s it. Your new deck is ready to go.
Have fun!! I’d love to hear from anyone who makes one.
Please Note: Georgie’s Tarot is free to download, but it’s meant for your personal use only. Georgianna reserves all rights to this deck.
Emotional renewal is the name of the game today. A new way of feeling about something and/or somebody is about to emerge. Perhaps you’re feeling it already – it’s like that first hint of spring or when a magnolia tree finally blossoms after a long cold winter.
Joy and hope are in the air and accessible to you. Throw away any gloom you’ve been dragging around and wake up to the inspiration of postive emotions. There’s a sense that anything can happen and it’s probably going to be good. Be receptive to the love that’s around you and give it back in kind.
I’ve already written about the Pink Ouija and Ozzy Osbourne’s Ouija, but now the magical talking board is hitting the big screen and I have to mention it again.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ouija, the movie, is scheduled for release November 9, 2012. That’s pretty well tomorrow in movie time, and Universal still hasn’t found a director. Any suggestions?
So far, there’s no real word on the plot. Though it’s being described as a ‘four-quadrant supernatural adventure centering around a family’. The Mummy meets Indiana Jones.
Looks like guaranteed idiotica to me. But if it ever gets made, I’ll probably go see it.
Swift communication is at the forefront today. Have you applied for something and been waiting to hear back? Expecting some news to finally come down the wire? Or maybe it will be a surprise. One way or another, the message is on its way and your wait is almost over. You’ll know soon enough.
Now that your plans are in action, things will start moving quickly. Communicate what you want and don’t be shy about it. How else will people know what you’re thinking? This is the time to get your ideas out there and your message heard.