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As the holiday decorations retire to the attic, I often breath a sigh of relief as my house returns to it’s pre-season adornments. Don’t get me wrong, I love the holidays, but the hustle and bustle of the season sometimes leaves me feeling just plain tired. I struggle to get back to a “normal” routine where productivity rather than present-wrapping becomes the goal of the day. Then the New Year is upon me and with it comes a surge of inspiration, of motivation and the glowing promise of success and memorable moments yet to come. I buy a new planner, load it with resolutions and vow to make this year “my best year yet.” I charge into January with an abundance of goals and a daunting to-do list, ready to tackle it all in one swoop. But the days wear on and I find myself back in the ho-hum rhythm of daily life. My goals fade like a weathered photo and my “to-dos” become “some-days.” Sometimes I find myself back in the daily grind of years past even before Valentine’s Day. Do you
ever find yourself in that same place? If you’re anything like me, you need a little something to remind you of your good intentions and help you stay motivated as the days roll along. And that’s what this issue is all about, using our Tarot practice to help us stay the course and achieve our goals by turning those good intentions into action. If you want to create real change in your life, you have to begin by getting really clear about what you really want. Use the Setting Your Intentions spread to help you get moving in the direction of your dreams this year. Gain a new perspective by introducing the ancient symbol of the mandala into your new year goal setting. Create your own Tarot Mandala to support your intentions with a fun and intuitive spread. No matter where you are in your journey, sometimes you need a little nudge in the right direction. Discover three Tarot spreads to help you turn your intention into action by learning from the past, expecting and
overcoming obstacles and maintaining your motivation! Progress and success is never achieved without a dose of doubt, but beware of letting that Negative Nancy in your head take over! Let go of negativity and empower yourself with positivity by Banishing Self Doubt. I hope you’ll find new inspirations and motivations to help you make this year “your best year yet” within these pages. Join me as we cultivate a mindful Tarot practice with Intention.
IN THIS ISSUE 8
Setting Your Intentions
Creating Your Tarot Mandala
Tarot Spreads to Help You Turn Intention to Action
The Sacred Traveler Oracle Deck Review
Banishing Self Doubt
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The first day of the New Year is a buzz with resolutions. We make a list of all the things we wish to change about ourselves, our lives and our situations. This year we’re going to be happier and healthier people. We’re going to start exercising, eat right, stop bad habits, get a new job, find the perfect mate, and so on and so forth. Yet all these wonderful and admirable goals often fall short of our expectations, or worse yet, never even see the light of day. So how do we actually make progress on our yearly resolution list?
If you want to create real change in your life, you have to begin by getting really clear about what you really want. Resolutions are often vague promises we make to ourselves in order to help us become the kind of person we truly want to be. We want to be healthier so we set resolutions to exercise, eat right and give up bad-forus habits. We want to be wealthier so we vow to get a better job and start couponing. We want to be happier, so we promise to keep a gratitude list and do one kind thing every day. In order to be able to keep these resolutions, we have to first understand why we want to change. So before we start making goals and setting resolutions, we’re going to get clear about what we want and why we want it. When we know what our motivations and intentions are then we can make resolutions that align with our inner being and create actionable goals to help us become who we desire to be.
Setting Your Intention Spead
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To begin our spread, weâ€™re going to divide our deck into three piles: The major arcana, the court cards and the rest of the minor arcana. Take a few minutes to think about the kind of person you want to be. Begin shuffling the cards from the pile of Major Arcana in a way that feels comfortable to you as you mull over this question: what motivation drives me this year? When you feel ready, lay down your first card. This card represents the universal energy that will guide you this year. Next, pick up the stack of Minor Arcana (minus Court) and shuffle these as you repeat the question: what motivation drives me this year? This card represents the qualities and resources that will help you grow this year. Then pick up the stack of Court cards, shuffle as you repeat the question a third time. Lay down your third card, this card represents the aspect of yourself that you need to focus on this year. Finally, shuffle together all the remaining cards from your three piles as you repeat the question on last time. Lay down three more cards to represent your influences from the past, present and future that will motivate this change. Review the spread as a whole in your Tarot journal and set your intention for this year. Every resolution you make, every goal you set should be aligned with the person you wish to become. Write it down and then post your intention somewhere you can see it everyday.
What motivation drives me this year?
WHAT WILL HELP YOU GROW
ASPECT OF YOURSELF
INFLUENCES FROM THE PAST
INFLUENCES IN THE PRESENT
INFLUENCES FOR THE FUTURE
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CREATING YOUR TAROT
A Mandala is Hindu and Buddhist symbol representing the universe. They are often used in spiritual traditions to help focus attention, establish sacred space or aid in mediation. The core of the mandala often features a central figure with circles that expand around it. The circles emanating from the central focus represent the experiences, realities or energies radiating from the core. It is a wonderful representation of the microcosm that makes up our individual lives.
You can introduce this ancient symbol into your New Yearâ€™s goals by creating your own Tarot mandala. Your intention, your primary motivation for this year is the central focus of your mandala. For example, if your intention for this year is to be a happier person, then the circles emanating from your central focus offer the advice, challenges and support you need to embrace happiness. Every circle builds upon the one inside of it, with each circle supporting the central focus. When you put your goal at the center of your mandala, you will build a lifestyle around the person you want to become. Go through your deck and find a card that represents your central focus, your intention for this year. Set this in the center of your reading area. Now shuffle the remaining cards and lay them out in a circular pattern around your central focus. Keep adding cards to build on the rings until all cards have been laid down. Each ring represents guidance to support your intention. This spread is meant to be read intuitively, so there are no assigned questions or positions for the cards. Let your inner voice lead the way and your soul guide your reading.
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TAROT SPREADS TO HELP YOU TURN
Intention Action TO
The New Year brings us a welcome opportunity to examine our life, consider what changes weâ€™d like to make and then set resolutions and goals to make the magic happen. Yet, in looking ahead at the New Year and all that we intend for it, we sometimes get caught up in the planning and forget to take action.
So how do we keep moving forward in the direction of our dreams? By focusing on one thing at a time and setting attainable goals that you can work toward through the year. Setting small realistic goals helps you increase your chances of actually sticking to your resolutions and achieving the lifestyle you desire. These three Tarot spreads can help you keep moving by learning from the past, expecting and overcoming obstacles and maintaining your motivation! Tap into their guidance and wisdom whenever you need a nudge in the right direction.
Lessons FROM THE
The New Year isn’t just a time to look to the future, it is also a time for people to reflect on the past. The decisions, behaviors and lifestyles of our past often carry into our future. It is important to understand where we came from in order to see where we are going. Before we get into making our New Year changes, let’s take a moment to see where past behaviors have influenced our life. With this knowledge we can help make changes that support growth rather than reinforce past mistakes.
MISTAKES I’VE MADE
HOW MY PAST SUPPORTS GROWTH
Growth doesn’t come without its fair share of challenges. If you want to achieve your dreams and keep your resolutions this year, you need to learn to expect the obstacles. When an obstacle presents itself, most people’s first instinct is to look for the escape hatch. We ditch our goals, let go of our resolutions and go back about our business as if it never happened in the first place. The problem is, that’s exactly what happens, things go back to the way they were and we’re no better off than we were yesterday. If you don’t expect the obstacles, if you’re not ready to suffer the adversity, you’ll never be successful. Know going in that change is hard and there will be challenges. Then create a plan to overcome the obstacles. You can use this Tarot spread to help you understand the obstacles and put a plan in place to overcome them.
WHERE I AM NOW
WHAT IS STANDING IN MY WAY
WHAT I NEED TO RELEASE TO OVERCOME IT
WHAT I NEED TO EMBRACE TO OVERCOME IT
Staying motivated to keep chipping away at your goals can sometimes be the biggest obstacle you have to overcome. Motivation wanes over time and we often find ourselves distracted by other things or frustrated with slow progress. When life stretches us thin, staying focused becomes a challenge and frustration mounts under lack of progress. Itâ€™s easy to lose sight of what we were trying to accomplish. When your motivation begins to dwindle, you need to remind yourself why this is important. Take a moment to reflect on why you set your goals in the first place. What did you hope to accomplish and why did you want to accomplish it? Set yourself up for success by bringing your intention back to focus whenever you feel your motivation wane.
WHAT I NEED TO KNOW TO MANAGE THE SITUATION
WHAT I NEED TO FOCUS ON TO ENSURE SUCCESS
WHAT IS DISTRACTING ME FROM MY GOAL
WHERE I CAN LOOK FOR SUPPORT
Sometimes, even with the best of intentions and the right motivations, it can be hard to keep trudging along toward our goals. Set yourself up for success with these five tips to fuel your passion for growth: 1. Own your goals. Nothing will deplete your energy faster than trying to achieve a goal someone else has set for you. Make sure that the goals you set are your own and resonate with who you are and the life you want to live. 2. Stay positive. Use positive affirmations to keep your motivation high even when youâ€™re feeling low. 3. Follow your bliss. Do what makes you happy and follow where your heart and soul lead you. Only you know whatâ€™s best for you. 4. Focus on yourself. Keep yourself motivated by reminding yourself how achieving your goals will improve your quality of life. 5. Enjoy the journey. Make the journey toward achieving your goals pleasurable by taking actions that bring you joy.
2018 is going to be your best year yet!
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Heart Thoughts Cards by Louise Hay (January 2, 2018) Black Moon Astrology Cards Cards by Susan Sheppard and Jane Marin (January 8, 2018) Love Your Inner Goddess Cards by Alana Fairchild and Lisa Ferrante (January 8, 2018) Golden Lenormand Oracle Cards by Lo Scarabeo (January 8, 2018) Native Heart Healing Oracle by Melanie Ware and Jane Marin (January 8, 2018) Tarocchino Mitelli Deck by Giuseppe Maria Mitelli (January 8, 2018) Universal Tarot Professional Cards by Lo Scarabeo (January 8, 2018) Whispers of Healing Oracle Cards Cards by Angela Hartfield and Josephine Wall (February 8, 2018) The Dragon Tarot by Nigel Suckling (February 13, 2018) The Everyday Enchantment Tarot by Poppy Palin (February 28, 2018)
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Deck REVIEW Sacred traveler ORACLE CARDS
Artwork: 5 stars Message: 5 stars Design: 4 stars Usability: 4 stars Final Rating: 5 stars
Deck: Sacred Traveler Oracle Author: Denise Linn Publisher: Hay House Type: Oracle Deck Size: 3.5” x 5” Includes: 52-Card deck and guidebook
FROM THE PUBLISHER: There are secret messages all around you; it’s simply a matter of being able to hear them. In this graceful and elegant card deck, best-selling author Denise Linn guides you in understanding the events, signs, and coincidences in your life, leading you toward a personal and spiritual transformation. Denise’s sage guidance helps you transcend and activate your intuition, realize your life’s purpose and potential, and achieve a genuine state of peace. These Sacred Traveler Oracle Cards assist you to step behind the mystic veil into hallowed dimensions that will align your inner spiritual existence with your outer life. Each card interprets the signs that are around you and deciphers the secret messages of the universe—from Answering the Call to Discovering Truth to Infinite Abundance, and more! Use these cards every day and you’ll discover what destiny has in store for you. Your journey starts now . .
First Impressions: Holding the silky box in your hands, you just know this deck is full of beautiful treasures. The box itself is well made, sturdy with an almost velvety texture that feels like a gift in your hand. It is decorated with the stunning imagery from the “Surrendering to the Journey” card and, in truth, this beautiful artwork was the reason I was drawn to purchase this deck. Slip the lid off the box and the gifts inside do not disappoint. The book, small enough to fit in your hands (but not so small it proves difficult to use) includes a lovely introduction from the author. For the first time reader (or a refresher for us veterans) the book also offers basic reading information such as preparation, choosing cards and methods of reading. There are also a few generic spreads to get you going. The rest of the pages contain messages relating back to the cards in the deck. It is your basic little white book, containing enough information to help anyone perform a successful reading. The deck itself feels silky and weighty in your hands. The cardstock is of good quality with enough heft to hold up to repeated use. The texture of the cards themselves is luxurious, with a silky (there is really no other word more suited) coating that is pleasing to the touch. Overall it is a beautifully printed and constructed deck that I feel will withstand the test of time. The artwork, however, is really where this deck shines. The images are lovingly created, with subtle touches and earthy
tones that bring an almost serene vibe to the cards. The soft palate and fluid lines give this deck a dreamy, fairy-tale aura that truly does transport you to a sacred place.
Working The Deck: These cards have a wonderful energy and feel lovely in your hands, despite their size. I did find shuffling a bit cumbersome, most likely because my hands are smaller and the deck is large, but once you get them going they shuffle beautifully. If it was not such a stretch to get my hands around the cards, I could shuffle these cards all day. Working with the basic 3-card reading found in the LWB I laid down my first spread. This spread is designed to focus on a specific area of your life that needs attention and “The Sacred Traveler Oracle can assist you in understanding the best way to proceed.” The book suggests laying them face down and flipping them over one by one to reveal the message from the Spirit. As this is my preferred reading method, I was happy to oblige.
The first card reveals “what needs to be healed” and is referred to as the “Blockage Card” and indicates what challenge needs to be resolved. My card was Journey by Moonlight with a reminder to “believe in magic!” The message revealed is to trust my intuition and know that I am being supported by the unseen energies around me. My second card, or the “Healing Card” which indicates how to heal the blockage was Miracles with a reminder to “expect the wonderous to emerge.” The message I received here was to let go of expectations and become aware of the gifts all around me. My final card as the “Outcome Card” reveals what the future holds in Faraway Places. The message, “get ready for new horizons” is crystal clear: step out of the old and embrace new and exciting adventures. A lovely little spread with an insightful and inspiring reading that suits me well at this time.
Final Thoughts: The Sacred Traveler Oracle is a wonderful, inspiring and insightful deck. The cards are beautiful with stunning artwork that whisks you away to a dreamy land of positivity. In a time when the world can be so pessimistic and uncaring, this deck offers a moment of serenity and a message of hope. Something I think we all need from time to time.
What I liked about this deck:
• The imagery and the artwork are simply stunning • The cards are silky and feel wonderful in your hand • The guidebook is helpful and easy to use • The messages are insightful and brimming with positivity • The text on the cards is easy to read
What I disliked about this deck:
• The cards are a little large for my tastes • I wish the imagery stretched the full •
face of the cards and there was less border The borders are varying shades of purple, I don’t know why this bugs me, it just does
Overall, this is a truly lovely deck with my biggest pet peeves being the size of the cards and the fact that the beautiful artwork is almost dwarfed by the borders and text. These however are not detrimental offenses and I have no doubts that this deck will become a treasured favorite. reviewed by
*I received no compensation for this review. I purchased this deck with my hard earned money and the opinions reflected here are my own honest and personal thoughts. I am in no way affiliated or associated with the author, artist or publisher of this deck.
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Self Doubt a tarot spread
Your thoughts have the power to shape your reality. They also have the power to pump you up or let you down. What we say to ourselves, the thoughts in our head, play a huge part in how we behave. So much of what we say to ourselves is negative and this negative self-talk is what fuels our insecurities, our doubts and our fears. If you want to achieve your goals, you need to start paying attention to the dialogue in your head. When we constantly tell ourselves that growth is too hard, that our goals are unrealistic, that weâ€™re not worthy of success, we set ourselves up for failure before we even really begin. Watch what you say to yourself and begin replacing every negative thought with a positive affirmation. Use this Tarot spread any time you feel yourself doubting your own abilities or find yourself engaging in negative self-talk. Remember that what you say to yourself sets up your attitude and determines your behaviors. Let go of negativity and empower yourself with positivity. 1. Your attitude 2. How you can let go of negative thoughts 3. How to forgive yourself for negative thoughts 4. Positivity you can bring to this situation 5. How you can empower yourself
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Published on Jan 4, 2018
Published on Jan 4, 2018
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