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Foundation Program Participation Workbook Program developed by: Katrena Friel www.deepandmeaningful.com.au katrena@deepandmeaningful.com.au


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ISBN 978-0-646-49155-4

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About Katrena Friel Holistic Counsellor, Spiritual Coach and Transpersonal Trainer Katrena offers a Deep Spiritual Awakening to those that are seeking a more meaningful life and experience. Katrena is one of the brightest minds in personal development today. She incorporates three key aspects, one being life-transforming skills, training and self development as well as personal coaching and mentoring focusing on the light, spirit and soul of the person. Katrena has always been into spirituality, magic, astrology, tarot and the concept of “The Universe” as the source of all life, light, meaning and power. Katrena is a Mother Goddess waiting to meet the special children of “The Universe” to discover their source of light, power and understanding. She is waiting to help you. She has contributed to the success of many and guided thousands of people - inspiring them to their next level of development. Katrena’s life purpose is to cultivate solutions for individuals that develop creativity, personal power, self leadership and advanced knowledge and skills for a leap frog effect in people’s lives. You can choose to focus on your career, business or personal development. Generally people find they end up working on all three key aspects. When working with Katrena, you will also be working with Archangel Michael.

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Archangel Michael calls us to Truth, Integrity and Power. He demands that we develop and rely upon our inner knowing and the spiritual worlds. To develop this within us, he will strip away all that which belongs to the old, and anything that is ‘no longer true’ for us. Michael’s energy is very powerful and unmistakenly fiery! He uses his sword to cut and bless. Archangel Michael and his blue lightning angels bring instant protection. Michael calls us to speak our truth and stand in our power as an IAMness. Archangel Michael is very close in our consciousness at this time heralding the new age – an age of resurrection, of joy.

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Foundation Program Participant Workbook

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Greetings & Welcome This workshop gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in yourself. Teaching you about your path, with the aim to discover through your own experience what your life purpose means to your evolution. Wisdom is not one particular experience, nor a series of ideas or knowledge to be collected. It is an ongoing process of discovery that unfolds when we live with balance and full awareness in each moment. It grows out of our sincerity and genuine openness, and it can lead us to a whole new world of freedom.

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Table of Contents Greetings & Welcome . . . . . The 10 Rules for Being Human PREWORK. . . . . . . . . . . . MATERIALS . . . . . . . . . . . INTRODUCTION Exercise 1 . . INTRODUCTION Exercise 2 . . SECTION 1. . . . . . . . . . . . SECTION 2. . . . . . . . . . . .

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Personality Transformation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Personality and Soul Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KEY REFERENCE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Major Arcana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Minor Arcana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Minor Arcana - Court Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . HOMEWORK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Year Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zodiac Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Numerological Lessons & Opportunities Cards . . . . . Soul Number - Numerological Lessons & Opportunities . Sun Sign - Zodiac Lessons & Opportunities . . . . . . . Destiny Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Persona Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Personal Potential Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inner Teacher Card. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mode of Expression . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lifetime Year Card Graph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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SECTION 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 A Personal Renaissance . . . The 7 Da Vincian Principles . Curiosita . . . . . . . . . . Dimostrazione . . . . . . . Sensazione. . . . . . . . . Sfumato . . . . . . . . . . Arte/Scienza . . . . . . . . Corporalita . . . . . . . . . Connessione . . . . . . . . Master Mind Map of your Life Exploring your Goals . . . . . Clarifying your Core Values . Centemplating your Purpose . Statement of Purpose . . . . Looking for Connections . . . Assessing Current Reality . . Strategising for Change . . . The Invitation . . . . . . . . .

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Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . More Self-Love . . . . . . . . . . . Clock of Forgiveness. . . . . . . . Deep Gratitude . . . . . . . . . . . Breathe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cloak of Patience . . . . . . . . . Love . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inner Allies, Mentors, Teachers . . Inspiration . . . . . . . . . . . . . Willingness . . . . . . . . . . . . . Experiencing Support . . . . . . . Radical Self-Acceptance . . . . . . Positive Challenge . . . . . . . . . . Grudge Island . . . . . . . . . . . Ask Yourself . . . . . . . . . . . . Transforming Fears . . . . . . . . Contacting People . . . . . . . . . Call or Reach out for Good Things. Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Perfectionism. . . . . . . . . . . . Micro Movements . . . . . . . . . Procrastination . . . . . . . . . . . Time Stretcher . . . . . . . . . . . Overwhelm . . . . . . . . . . . . . Permission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Asking and Receiving . . . . . . . . Napping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Doing Things Badly . . . . . . . . Begin Again . . . . . . . . . . . . To be Successful . . . . . . . . . . Fear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inertia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Critics . . . . . . . . . . . . Impatience . . . . . . . . . . . . . Resistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . Blaming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Reminders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Making it Real . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Micromovements . . . . . Make your Most Alive Choices . . . Study Energy. . . . . . . . . . . . Develop Support . . . . . . . . . . Celebrate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Being of Service . . . . . . . . . . Your are Inspiring . . . . . . . . . Welcoming Creative Dreams. . . . Celebrating Mistakes. . . . . . . . Acknowledging . . . . . . . . . . .

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SECTION 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity Basic Principals of Creativity . . . . Childhood . . . . . . . . . . . . Environment . . . . . . . . . . . Time Travel. . . . . . . . . . . . Wish List . . . . . . . . . . . . . Key Competencies Quiz . . . . . . Personal . . . . . . . . . . . . . Creative . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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The 10 Rules for Being Human 1) You will receive a body 2) You will be presented with lessons 3) There are no mistakes only lessons 4) Lessons are repeated until learned 5) Learning does not end 6) There is no better than “here� 7) Others are only mirrors of you 8) What you make of your life is up to you 9) All the answers lie inside of you 10) You will forget all of this at birth

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Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were all meant to shine as It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone.

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And as we let our own light shine we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

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PREWORK When booking your place at the Deep and Meaningful Life Purpose Workshop please provide your:

Full Name: Date of Birth: Time Birth: Place of Birth:

On arrival, as part of your materials you will have a full Astrological Chart (30 pages) preprepared for you as a take home gift and great reference document to continue your journey.

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INTRODUCTION EXERCISE 1

Write your own Eulogy exercise. A speech that someone would read at your funeral about you. A half page to a full page of what kind of person you will become, what kind of life have you lead, what were your major accomplishments and / or special achievements. To help you, think of the many roles you will play in life:  Parent  Child  Sibling  Partner  Business Partner  Work Colleague  Friend  Community Leader  Spiritual Advisor  Confidant AT THE END OF THE DAY  Select a partner in the room.  Swap Eulogies.  Take a moment to read, practice it, rewrite bits or edit slightly.  Your partner then reads it out aloud to the group.

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INTRODUCTION EXERCISE 2 DRAW YOUR TREE OF LIFE TO DATE

HOBBIES INTERESTS

JOBS STUDIES

TRUNK OF TREE REPRESENTS BETWEEN 0-7 YEARS

ƒ GENEOLOGICAL ƒ HEREDTITORY ƒ ANY PAST LIVES that you might know of.

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SECTION 1

Review your Astrological Chart and Numerology Profile Highlighting key themes:

Please make a note of the following as you will need this information throughout the program. Sun Sign What you think you present outward to the World. Moon Sign What you are deep inside yourself. Ascendant Sign (Rising) How you are perceived by the World.

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SECTION 2 A Personal Transformation

This section is a tool for self-knowledge and a practical resource on your journey. The following activities are aimed at fast tracking our thinking around some major concepts and looking for themes, all directed towards greater self-exploration. By examining your past, present and future potential, you will deal more effectively with problems, recognise choices and clarify your goals.

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Your Personality and Soul Cards

Using your birth date you can numerologically calculate your Personality and Soul Numbers. The corresponding Personality Card indicates what you have come into this particular lifetime to learn. The corresponding Soul Card shows your life purpose through all your lifetimes.

To determine these two cards you add together your month, day and year of birth like this:

October 14, 1947

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Then you add each digit in the resulting number: 1 + 9 + 7 + 1 = 18. Keep any number from 21 to 1. The resulting number is the Personality Number, which in this case corresponds with the eighteenth Major Arcana card: The Moon. You then add together 1 + 8 = 9. This is your Soul Number, which in this case corresponds with the ninth Major Arcana card: The Hermit. Sometimes the Personality and Soul Cards are the one number, corresponding to the one card. Which means in this lifetime you are specifically working on your soul purpose. It makes you more focused and directed. Once you have determined these cards, it is important to find out what they mean to you. Look up the meanings of the cards using the following pages.

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THE MAJOR ARCANA 0 — THE FOOL Leaping off into some new phase of life. Free-spirited. Carefree. Being open to experience. Acting on impulse without thought or plan. Spontaneity. Something unexpected or unplanned. Childlike enthusiasm. Innocence. Lack of inhibitions. Footloose and fancy free. Being silly. Frivolity. Folly. The choice you are making may appear foolish or not well thought out to others. Trusting in the universe. No sense of worry or fear. Feeling protected. Experiencing life in the here and now - from moment to moment. Optimism. Travel and vagabonding. Expect the unexpected with this card. Uranus

Aleph

QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: In what area of your life are you operating entirely on faith and trust? Where are you going? What are you feeling foolish about? What would be fun to do if you could do anything you wanted? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “All possibilities are open to me as I boundlessly experience the here and now.”

1 — THE MAGICIAN Consciousness. A sense of self. Focusing your attention on a project or goal. Singleness of purpose, Commitment. Being in control. Dexterity. Skill. Manual ability. Craftiness. Cunning. Cleverness. Mischievousness. Organisational skills. Manipulating nature and others to harness their energies. Magical and occult powers, Communication. Using skills of writing, speaking, persuasion, the animus, or one’s sense of self.

Mercury

Beth

QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: Where are you focusing your energy? Are your objectives clear? What skills and abilities are needed in this situation? How are you communicating with others? What do you want others to believe or see? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I am a willing channel for the manifestation of spirit in the world.”

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2 — HIGH PRIESTESS Deep inner wisdom. Inner knowing. Good judgment. Psychic or mediumistic ability. Esoteric knowledge. Access to the Akasha. Independence. Self-reliance. In quiet retreat. Seclusion. Objectivity. Receptivity. A mystery or secret. Something hidden. Something in your memory that you need to look at. Recollection. Dreams. Astral Travel. The anima, or female sense of self. Seeking guidance and counsel, especially from a woman. Paying close attention to the natural rhythms and cycles of your body and emotions. Habits. The menstrual cycle. Moods and changeableness. Thinking by comparison and contrast, pros and cons. Moon

Gimel

QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: What rhythms or cycles do you need to be aware of? What knowledge are you seeking? What do you need to remember or “discover”? What are you concealing? Is it appropriate to do so? How can you best use your intuitive, psychic or dream abilities at this time? Who is seeking your counsel, or whose are you seeking? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “The knowledge that I seek is within myself awaiting my question.”

3 — THE EMPRESS Maternal urges. Your mother or another woman in your life who is nurturing and motherly. Mother Earth. Grounding your energy. The anima. Artistic and aesthetic inspiration through a woman. A flow of creative thought and action, but often undisciplined and in need of pruning and organisation. Fertility. Making new combinations. A desire to give birth to something remarkable. Awareness of your own sense of beauty and grace. Attraction and charm. Self-indulgence. Seeing the abundance and harmony in everything around you. Prosperity. Attention to the body, the senses. Promotion of good health for growth and wellbeing. Venus

Daleth

QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: How are your nurturing and mothering qualities being used right now? What creative projects are growing and developing? What are you attracting to you? Who is inspiring and nurturing you? How are you indulging your senses? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I am a fertile garden in which creativity can be nurtured to fruition.”

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4 — THE EMPEROR Father-figures. The Animus. The Boss. The King. A male influence, or your inner male. Lording it over things. A benevolent dictator and the security that comes under his rule. An executive familiar with power. Established leadership. Ambition to reach the pinnacle of success. Power to achieve ambitions. Authority. Confidence. Assertion. Beginning and initiating new things. Actions as the road to fulfillment. Life, passion, vision, ordering, planning, building. Ordering your thoughts and energies. Seeking stability. Experiencing wholeness and unity within the self; integration of the elements, the four functions, etc. Repression of natural urges for the good of society. Creating a stable situation in which to function. Protecting and supporting something/someone. Possession. Ownership. Seeing natural and human resources as raw materials for building construction. Relying on reason, power and stabilisation. Aries

He

QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: Where do your ambitions lie? What are you organising, building, doing? What kind of Emperor are you - energetic and imaginative, or rigid and unreceptive? Who is establishing guidelines, parameters and structure in your life? Who has the power and authority, and how is it being used? SAMPLE AFFIRMATIONS: “I have the power and discipline to achieve my highest ambitions.”

5 — THE HIEROPHANT A teacher, animus figure or mentor. Intuitive guidance. Teaching and education, especially education in the traditions of one’s society. Communicating and teaching others what you have learned. Giving or receiving advice. Following. The rules of obedience and loyalty – to a guru, organisation, work, country, etc. Blessings. Identification with a culture or any kind of group in which you abide by their beliefs and rules. Conformity. Understanding the rules and manners of the existing hierarchy. Learning how to play the game. It furthers you to seek out an authority in the field, to make new allies. Assertion of moral laws of good and evil. Conventional morality. Following the internalised rules of a culture. Listening to the dictates of your conscience. Feeling oppressed by the “should” and “ought” of life. Repression of free thinking, causing you to react with unorthodoxy, new and revolutionary ideas or gullibility. Feeling betrayed by the system. Problems involving public versus private conscience. Taurus

Vau

QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: Who are you looking to for assistance, direction or learning? What law or rule do you feel you have transgressed? And who would hold you accountable? What traditions are you upholding? What traditions are you rebelling against? What are you learning? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I commit my obedience only where and when my higher self directs.”

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6 — THE LOVERS Synthesis. Combining elements of head and heart, feeling and intellect. The union of what is divine in us and in the universe. The coming together of opposites. Thinking about relationship. Working with a partner or in preparation for partnership. Your relationships are mirroring your own inner sense of worth; how you feel about yourself can be seen in how your partner relates to you. Choice between security and a risk of some kind, or between the old and the new. Choice between something respectable but dull and something greatly desired but morally improper. Responsibility. Taking responsibility for your choice and actions. Using free will. Freedom from inhibitions, guilt, conditioning, bondages. Love that can exist only in the absence of restrictions. Recognition of duality. Balanced decisions that require your conscious and subconscious minds to be in agreements. Involvement in a process of cooperation. Recognition of masculine and feminine characteristics of self and others. Need to integrate them within yourself. Gemini

Zain

QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: What significant relationship are you involved in? How does this relationship mirror your own sense of self-worth? What choice or decision do you need to make? What responsibility will you have to take based on your decision? What needs to be combined, synthesized or brought together? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I choose to be free from inhibitions, guilt and bondages in all my relationships.”

7 — THE CHARIOT Self control. Self discipline. Victory over the instincts. Successfully controlling some situation through the force of your personality. Confidence, optimism and faith in your own abilities. Bravado. Control of your physical environments and your body, Control over nature by force of will or technology. Having a sense of direction, a plan. Harnessing all your forces toward your purpose. A strong division between your work and your feelings. You “mirror” the actions and emotional feelings of those around you. Being extremely receptive and sensitive to emotions around you. You need your armor for self protection, thus putting on a mask of detachment. Developments of the personality - the outer mask presented to the world. Your identity in the world. Your ego-mask. Testing what you have learned. Proving yourself and your abilities. Dependence on your skills and abilities to move you instinctively through challenges. Setting forth on a journey, especially one of personal development. Making progress. Unresolved contradictions and tensions that are brought under control. Imagining yourself to be beyond human limitations. Pride. Hubris, Ego-inflation coming from success and popularity. Victory. Mastery. Conquest. Triumph. Cancer

Cheth

QUESTION TO ANSWER: What mask (persona) are you presenting to the world? What emotional reactions are you hidings? What contradictions and tensions are you struggling to maintain control over? Where have you experienced recent victory or success in your life? What progress are you making in testing your abilities in the world? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “By harnessing all my forces toward my purpose and controlling my fears, I victoriously meet my challenges.”

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8 — STRENGTH / LUST Love as a source of strength. Finding the strength to begin or continue with some difficult project despite fear and emotional strain. Strength to endure despite all obstacles. The drive or will to survive. Lust for life. Trying to keep your emotions in hand; learning to handle intense emotional situations calmly. Acting passionately and having strong desires. Intense emotions. Sexuality. Love for what you do. Enthusiasm. “Lust” for your own creativity. Courage to take risks. An abundance of vital energy. Reconciling opposites or with an enemy, and integrating disparate energies into a formidable force. Wrestling with a problem that requires perseverance to solve. Harnessing natural energy so that you can work in harmony with it. Love without judgment. Learning to love the beast. Being freed from the forces of repression. Understanding others by being able to imagine yourself in their place. Courage and perseverance. Leo

Teth

QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: How strong is your love? How are you being called upon to show courage and perseverance? What do you desire to create? What inner passions need to be expressed and reconciled? What is the “natural” or instinctive thing to do? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I courageously persevere in the loving reconciliation of my lower and higher selves.”

9 — THE HERMIT Withdrawal. Solitude. Turning away from or abandonment of conventions through inner conviction. A search for something. Research. Preoccupation with details. Examining something concealed or hidden. Patience. A vision quest. A journey. Timing. Time management. Prudence. A need to plan and take things slowly, feeling your way carefully. Mastery of what you have been working on. A teacher or guide to help you in your inner search. Help and advice from a teacher, guru, counselor, friend. Instruction from an expert in your field, or acting as such a guide for others. Prudence, caution, discretion. A time to observe but keep silence. Refraining from comment. Making plans secretly. Introspection. Completion of cycle. Maturity. Interest in illness and health: hypochondriac or healer. Virgo

Yod

QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: What are you doing with the time you have to yourself? What are you looking for? Or what do you need to know? Who can help you find out? What concerns about time do you have? What do you need to keep silent about? What would be the prudent thing to do? What do you need to complete? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I patiently follow the guidance of my higher self on the path to enlightenment.”

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10 — THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE The laws of karma and reincarnation. The natural consequences of our actions. Cycles and turning points (such as a Saturn-return). Initiation. Finding cycles and recurring motifs in your life. Changes in the circumstances of your life (in which you may have had no choice). Optimism. Generosity. Chance. Adapting to change. A shift of fortune. Moving, or changing jobs. Expansion of situations in your life, bringing in new resources, people, money, luck. Unexpected windfall. Recognition for something you have done. Coming into the limelight. Having a central focus or purpose around which everything revolves. Or being stuck in a rut. Asking the Oracle, or seeking to have your fortune told. Beginnings and endings, the change of seasons. Circular thinking. Hubris. Excessive pride. Extravagance; overindulgence. Jupiter

Kaph

QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: What life-changes are you experiencing? How are you adapting to these changes? What effects are you feeling from circumstances you put in motion previously? Is there something you need to resolve? How are your horizons expanding? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I rely on the universe to bring me the experiences I need to manifest my full potential.”

11 — JUSTICE / JUSTMENT A decision needs to be made. Deliberating on which action to take. Action suspended until a decision is reached. Needing to establish equilibrium, poise, balance and harmony. Finding the equilibrium between understanding and action, truth and justice, self and other. Balancing your accounts. Decisions concerning money or compensation for your work and time. Contracts. Fair exchange of energy through money, goods or work. The ability to see both sides of an issue. The ability to discriminate and peel off outer layers to perceive real motivations. Weighing all the factors: the benefits and the liabilities, the good that you want to keep and the bad that you want to sever. Negotiation. Arbitrating. Playing the middle person. Facilitation. Recognising the truth about yourself. Concern over the justness of a situation. Wanting to “justify” your actions, needing to feel they are morally right or acceptable. Making plans and being aware of possible reactions and consequences. Taking responsibility for your actions. The law of cause and effect. Receiving the consequences of your past actions. Reacting to previous actions. Finding an appropriate response. Involvement in a legal situation: lawsuit, contract, traffic ticket, etc. Equal partnership. Libra

Lamed

QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: What decisions are you weighing? What are the pros and cons? What consequences are you experiencing as the result of some previous action? What in the appropriate compensation (or “energy exchange”) needed to balance the situation? What do you need to do to be true to yourself? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I am willing to be true to myself in all my decisions.”

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12 —THE HANGED MAN Listening to your inner self even if it seems opposite to what you would have thought. A need to reverse your established order of doing something. Looking at things from another point of view. Unconventional behavior. Feeling hung-up about something. Blocked. Limited. Waiting. Anxious. Suspended action. A time of stagnation and frustration. Illness. Mental breakdown. Losing touch with reality. Straightening out your affairs. Cleaning up loose ends. Seeking counseling or therapy. Psychic abilities or a psychic experience. Seeing things others can’t. Sacrificing something. Martyrdom. Masochism. A need to examine your motives for giving up your personal time, space and psychic needs to others. Victim consciousness. Feeling sorry for yourself. Loneliness and isolation; “nobody cares”. Use of drugs or alcohol to escape your problems. Trying to evade responsibility. Total trusting and surrender the hopes of receiving higher knowledge. Making the mind into a clear, reflective vessel. Meditation. Suspending disbelief. Rite of Passage. Initiation or transition from one state into another. Devotion to a cause. Patriotism. Subsuming your sense of self to a cause or another person. Maya. Illusion. Not seeing things as they are. Neptune

Mem

QUESTION TO ANSWER: What do you expect from the sacrifices you are making? What are you devoted to? How are you hung-up? What do you need to get straight? What do you need to give up? What are you trying to escape? How are you seeking higher knowledge? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I am willing to suspend my personal comforts for the richness of the spirit.”

13 —DEATH Being stuck in old patterns. Constipated. Need to eliminate the restrictive habits and blocks, outworn ways. Ill-at-ease with an old situation or belief. Severance with past. A painful uprooting of accustomed habits, or the elimination of people or things from your life. End of close friendships, associations. Cutting yourself free. “Surgery”. Change of consciousness. Entrance into a new state. Assimilation and integration into a new form. Transformation. Liberation. Renewal. New growth possible. You are experiencing such deep emotions that it is like a “little death.” An intense sexual experience. Giving up your sense of self to a feeling of merging with another or with the cosmos. Cutting through the superficial surface structure of something to understand what is at the core of it. Cutting things to the bone. Getting down to basic. The transformation of energy from one shape or form into another. Scorpio

Num

QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: What do you need to let go of? What is your basic support system (skeletal structure) through this transition? What is being transformed? What new growth is now possible? What are you feeling so deeply and intensely about? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I transform and renew myself by letting go of those things no longer necessary to my growth”

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14 —TEMPERANCE / ART Fiery enthusiasm. Feelings of confidence and optimism. Being outspoken; frank expression of your thoughts. Being open-minded, free, expansive, independent. Handling volatile situations well. Being healed. Tempering your life and finding the right combinations of things to make you well. Doing physical and spiritual healing work. Circulation of an inner vital current of energy. Working with an inner guide, guardian angel, or benefactor. Cooperation. Accommodation. Compatibility. Applying what you have learned so you can see what is true and how much you have actually mastered. Testing yourself. Trying it out. Management. Recognising and using resources (time, people, space, materials) available to you. Organisation and planning. Combining materials, resources, people or ideas into new forms. Creative activity. Consolidation. Mixing in the right proportion. Bringing together opposite qualities. Tempering. Blending or combining different aspects of your life in a new and different way. Creating harmony. Communicating your ideas to the public. Sagitarius

Samekh

QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: What are you feeling optimistic about? How are you combining the resources available to you? What are you testing or trying out? What needs to be healed or brought into balance? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I enthusiastically manage my needs and resources to bring about health and harmony.”

15 —THE DEVIL Judging things only by their surface appearances, thus becoming the slave of fallacy. Living amidst confusion. Believing only what you see. In a state of fear and ignorance. Being in the dark about something, or choosing to ignore the truth. Feelings of doubt and pessimism. Depression. Feeling bound to a situation in which someone else dictates to you. Oppressor/ oppressed consciousness. Creating boundaries and limitations in your life; recognising that they originate from within. Becoming more structured and less flexible, although perhaps with greater focus. Stagnation. Overcome by inertia. This card calls for a sense of humor: being able to laugh at yourself and your own self-importance. Being devilish, mischievous and full of high energy and spirits. Pandemonium. Playing the scapegoat, the gadfly or the devil’s advocate to force others to examine their own beliefs. The ability to take incongruous, unrelated things and combine them together in a new, creative way. The ability to synthesize something out of seeming chaos. Creativity, innovation. Overwhelming pride. Personal ambition that leads you to take advantage of others. Manipulating others for personal gain. Acting out your “shadow” self: doing things you would prefer to think you don’t do. Using your judgment. Obsession. Temptation. Evil intentions. Black magic. Jealousy. Trapped in the senses; lacking belief in something beyond the “material world.” Capricorn

Ayin

QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: What are the current boundaries and limitations in your life? What or who is obsessing you? How can you channel and structure your energies and desires in creative and non manipulative ways? What situation(s) do you need to look at with humor? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “From darkness and chaos I create opportunities to transcend limitations.”

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16 —THE TOWER The break-up of towering defenses, habits, structures; freedom from ignorance. A spiritual awakening. A bolt of insight from your higher self. A blow to your ego or self image. Humiliation; thrust down from a high place. Unexpected change or shock. Disruption. Feeling shattered. Anger and frustration. Emotions Erupting. Exhaustion or “burn-out,” sometimes resulting in illness or accident. Something damaged. Outgrowing your environment. Involvement in a drastic self- improvement program: intensive therapy, exercise, diet, etc. Housecleaning. Fasting. The futility of human structures and technology in the face of Mother Nature. Natural disasters and exodus. Flight from chaos and disaster. Mars

Peh

QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: How are you improving and restructuring yourself and your environment? What are you angry about? What structures in your life are breaking up? What has shattered your complacency? What sudden realisation or insight have you had? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I liberate myself from the ignorance and limitations of old habits and structures whenever I outgrow their need.”

17 —THE STAR Meditation. Inexhaustible inspiration. Spiritual regeneration. Using active imagination and visualisation. Artistic and scientific inspiration. Formulating your ideals and goals. Examining your hopes for the future. Using systems or self-insight such as astrology, Tarot, numerology, etc. Living by your own truth and values rather than those of the outer world. “Freedom is nothing left to lose.” Altruism. Nonconformity. Doing the unexpected. The calm after the storm; release after imprisonment. Freedom. Nature worship. Solitary rituals. Peace and serenity. Refreshment, renewal or cleansing. Purification. Baptism. A desire to know the truth, to be open and honest, to communicate with nothing held back. Frankness. Disclosure or discovery of something. Being involved in actions and projects beneficial to your fellow beings. A desire to participate in the enlightenment and consciousness-raising of all humankind. Being the “star,” the center of attention. Public recognition. Being the leader and spokesperson for others. Stubbornly clinging to fixed ideas. Aquarius

Tzaddi

QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: What aspect of your life is being purified or cleansed? What is being renewed? What are you inspired to do? For what are you receiving recognition? What are your ideals in the matter? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “My inner being shines like a star, guiding my actions, renewing and cleansing me.”

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18 —MOON Self-deception. Illusion. Bewilderment. Confusion. Fluctuation. Waxing and waning of events. Instability. Being swamped by emotions and feelings. Lack of clarity in what you want, as if several parts of you are crying out for different things. Facing your subconscious fears. Needing to explore unknown territory. Feeling alone. Your communication with others is filled with misunderstandings. Disillusionment or estrangement from someone or some things. Introspection. It is necessary to flow with your feelings. Developing or using your psychic abilities and intuition. Working within the realm of the unconscious, especially with dreams, fantasies and visions to understand what your subconscious is trying to tell you. Something in the past that you have forgotten but which effects your current life through actions inappropriate to the situation. A sense of being guided or pulled, or drawn like the tides toward some predetermined purpose. Impelled from within. Evolution. Acting instinctively. Doing something automatically, as in a well-learned skill which you no longer have to “think” about. Pisces

Qoph

QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: Your fears are symbolised by the dogs, towers and dismal terrain; what do they represent for you? What have you forgotten? What do you instinctively want to do? What kind of cycle or pattern are you repeating? Are your actions appropriate to this particular situation or are you responding to some past situation? What is bewildering or confusing you? What is real and what is illusory? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I am impelled to evolve beyond my fears and insecurities. I am willing to walk the path to self-knowledge through the unknown inner realms of myself.”

19 —SUN Enlightenment. Clarity. Understanding. Comprehension. Wisdom. Things previously unclear or hidden have come into the light of day. Overcoming former obstacles. Success. Good luck. Prizes and awards. Fruitfulness. Birth. Wholeness. Freedom and liberation from old forms. Everything and everyone you need is magnetically drawn to you. Ability to visualise what you want and make it reality. A time of creativity and personal growth. Recognition and appreciation of your own accomplishments. Identification with your creative work. Joy. Intense enjoyment and happiness in life. Optimism. Enthusiasm. Commitment to a love relationship with depth of communication and sharing. Good relations with others. Friendship. Good health and vitality. Being active and energised. Altruism, idealism, high hopes. You feel you can achieve anything. Self-importance and vanity. Sun

Resh

QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: What do you now understand? What successes have you achieved? What have you birthed or brought to fruition? What joys are you sharing with others? What commitments have you made? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I create warmth and light with my clarity and enthusiasm.”

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20 — JUDGEMENT / AEON An awakening to something you had not seen before. A paradigm shift calling for totally new perceptions. Rebirth. Hearing the “Call” of the spirit. Resurrection. A sense of new life. Development of a new philosophy or sense of purpose. Coming to a crossroads concerning a higher purpose beyond yourself. Researching or examining something in depth. Looking deeply into a matter and determining its worth or value to you. Doing a personal inventory or self-evaluation. A review of past actions; confronting your motives. Accepting personal responsibility for how you have used your opportunities, reacted to initiations and testing. Criticism. Criticising and judging others, or being criticised by them. Judgments made. Needing to see beyond prejudice and criticism. The voice of conscience. Guilt and forgiveness. Atonement. Repentance. Apology. Synthesizing the different parts of your personality such as the Parent, Adult and Child in transactional analysis. Body, mind and spirit working for one purpose. Regeneration. Transformation. A change from one state or identity to another. A desire to merge with another, sexually or otherwise; or to merge with your own creative works. Realisation of parenthood and family; responsibility for others as opposed to selfish self-preservation. Cooperation with other people as a social unit. A Rite of Passage. Pluto

Shin

QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: What “call” have you heard? Who or what is being criticised? What judgment is being made? What new realisation or epiphany is transforming you? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I transform myself daily, awakening yet more to the call of my spirit.”

21 — THE WORLD / UNIVERSE Becoming conscious of your limitation and thus freeing yourself to maximise your own potential. Dancing on your limitations.” Squaring the circle”: manifesting spirit on earth, or structuring and giving form to spirit. Arrival. Accepting responsibility for yourself and your circumstances. Being involved in a very trying, involved, emotional, all-encompassing experience. A feeling of joy at being alive, rapture in being. Infinite potential. Self-actualisation (although not always understood or appreciated by others). Everything is available to you. Living comfortably in the midst of complexity. Or fear of change and complexity is keeping you within a narrow enclosure. Being reminded of your physical nature and the physical laws that bind you. Mother Earth. The Creatrix. She represents that which endures through time. The Source. She is the structure of foundation out of which you came and to which you must return. She reminds you that first you have to take care of your body and the earth you live on, uniting the four elements within you and the four types of people around you in this one endeavor: to heal the four directions of Mother Earth and yourself in the process. Saturn

Tau

QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: What are you doing to free yourself from limitations and restrictions in your life? Or what are you doing to work freely within them? What potential do you see in yourself? In the world? What physical needs must you take care of? What is making you dance for joy? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “The Universe abundantly provides for all my needs.”

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THE MINOR ARCANA CARDS Number Cards ACES MERCURY: Action, ideas, beginnings. Seed, Root, Primary impulse. Possibility. Penetration. Births, Initiation, Opening. Gifts. Potential, Thesis Starting point, Concentration of will, Attention, Singleness, Mindfulness, Unity, Self-consciousness. Intention, threshold, Commencement. Focus. Opportunity. (On the Tree of Life - Kether.) Negatively: You may have difficulty grasping the opportunity offered. ACE OF WANDS: Consciousness Raising.* Creativity. Desire for selfgrowth. Inspiration. New idea. Burst of energy. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: What is inspiring you? What has aroused your passions and desires? How do you want to grow? How do you want to express yourself creatively? What do you feel the impulse to do? Into what is your energy and enthusiasm flowing? What new opportunity is being offered to you? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I recognise this opportunity for new ideas and creative growth.”

ACE OF CUPS: Heart Opening. * The beginning of love, pleasure. The opening of psychic, spiritual or unconscious channels. Receptivity. QUESTION TO ANSWER: What is making you feel good right now? What would you like to do to indulge yourself? What or who is offering you nurturing or love? What messages are you receiving from dreams and visions? What does your heart feel most open to? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I recognise this opportunity to express and accept love.”

ACE OF SWORDS: Mind Expanding.* Mental focus. Peeling things away to analyse them; cutting through things. Seeds of truth and justice. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: What new problem are you confronting? What is on your mind? What do you need to analyse? What is the point? Are you being just and fair? What decision do you need to face? Can you determine the truth of the matter? What legal, writing or research opportunities have been presented to you? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I recognise this opportunity to discover the truth.”

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ACE OF PENTACLES: Body Sustaining.* A business or work possibility. Materialisation of ideas. Centering or grounding your energy. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: What new opportunities for work, stability, home, money or health do you have? What is making you feel secure and grounded? How can you use a recent gift? What plan are you putting in motion? What kinds of seeds are you planting? How are you being rewarded for your accomplishments? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I recognise this opportunity to materialise my ideas.”

TWOS MOON. Personality, mask, feelings. Reflection. Augmentation. Reception. Nurturing. Polarity. Duality, Opposites, Duplication. Balance, Antithesis, Sequence, Memory. Subconsciousness, Femininity, Passivity, Feeling, Striving for balance, Choice, change. The focus is on the attempt to stay in the middle, Suggests guidance by inner knowing. Oracles. Intuitions. (On the Tree of Life - Chokeman.) Negatively: Unbalanced. Cold and unfeeling; refusing to see beyond the surface, or overemotional, Refusal to change or fickleness. TWO OF WANDS: Mars in Aries. Personal power through synthesis of abilities. Ability to make choices. Creative expression. Control over the situation. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: What two ideas are you bringing together in a new and different way? What are you planning to accomplish? What are you competent at? What conflicting desires do you wish to integrate? At what threshold do you stand? What options do you have? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I have the power of choice.”

TWO OF CUPS: Venus in Cancer. A loving and healing union of opposites. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: To whom are you giving your love and affections? How do you nurture others? What is being healed in your relationship? How are your inner masculine and feminine uniting and working together in your life? What are you lovingly sharing with another? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I love others as I love myself.”

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TWO OF SWORDS: Moon in Libra. Suspending judgment. Blocked emotions. Uncertainty or stalemate. Making peace. Procrastination. Compromise. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: What are you hesitating to do? With whom do you have to make peace or reconcile? What are you struggling to maintain in balance? What decision would you prefer not to make? What would you prefer not to know about? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I am diplomatic and nonjudgmental in my dealings with others.”

TWO OF PENTACLES: Jupiter in Capricorn. Adaptability. Mobility. Expanding your horizons. Change. Travel. Play. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: What two or more situations are you handling with ease? What are you adapting to? What do you want to change in your home, profession, status, finances, etc.? What are you juggling in order to keep stable (money, weight, lifestyle)? In what ways do you play and use your excess energies? What calls for diplomacy? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I handle diverse situations with ease, adapting myself quickly.”

THREES VENUS. Intuitions, affections, beauty. Comings together. Manifestation. Integration. Combination, Sympathy. Fecundity (Fruitfulness). Understanding. Growth. Multiplication. Synthesis. Harmony. Unfolding. Cooperation. Idealisation. All threes deal with the ideal versus the real. They test your ability to handle the mundane and the disappointments of your idealisations. Threes are potential reformers with strong sympathies. (On the Tree of Life - Binah and Saturn.) Negatively: Cruelty, arrogance and self-indulgence. THREE OF WANDS: Sun in Aries. Magnetic. Visionary. Established strength. Synthesis of ideas. Foresight. Planning. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: Where do your ambitions lie? Where are you putting your attentions? What and whom are you drawing to yourself through your vitality, power and energy? What are you envisioning for the future? What and with whom do you have to coordinate to achieve your plan? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I create my own future by envisioning it clearly.”

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THREE OF CUPS: Mercury in Cancer. Friendship. Communication. Enjoyment of other. Celebration and joy. Shared ideals. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: How have you been enjoying yourself? How do you relax with others? What is bringing you joy? What talents do you have and how have you been using them? What do you want to communicate or share with others? What cause is there for celebration in your life? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I celebrate my joy and happiness.”

THREE OF SWORDS: Saturn in Libra. Sorrow. Pain. Alienation. Separation. Jealousy. Creative heartbreak. Feeling hurt. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: In what ways are you suffering? Feeling jealous? Hurt? Has anyone hurt your feelings? What are you feeling sorrowful about? Who would you like to hurt or “get back at”? Can you look at your relationships with truth and honesty? What do you fear most within your relationships? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I acknowledge my hurt and pain so that I can face it and work through it”

THREE OF PENTACLES: Mars in Capricorn. Work, especially with other creative skill and abilities. Practicality. QUESTION TO ANSWER: How do you work with others? What are you working on? What is your goal? What skills are you using? Are you willing to persevere? How are you taking or expressing criticism of the work being done? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I work well with others recognising each person’s expertise and value to the job”.

FOURS EARTH / SUN. Grounding. Stability. Order. Completion. Actualisation. Law and order. Reason. Consolidation. Focus inward on self. Centering. Assessment of needs. Convention of society. The basic conflict of fours is between desire for law and order and security, and desire for change and expansion from the lethargy, boredom and passivity they engender. Fours mark a passage, turning point or milestone, and thus the establishment of boundaries and limits. (On the tree of Life - Chesed and Jupiter.) Negatively: Repression, limitation, narrowness, discomfort, restriction, discontent.

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FOUR OF WANDS: Venus in Aries. Celebration and Thanksgiving after labor. Optimism. Arrival, Ceremony. Completion of an enterprise. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: What are you bringing to completion, fruition? What role is ritual or ceremony playing in your life? What have you integrated into your life? What rite of passage are you experiencing and how are you celebrating it? What are you celebrating? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: I rejoice in the competition of each stage of my journey and give thanks for the fruits thereof.”

FOUR OF CUPS: Moon in Cancer, Lethargy, apathy and discontent. Boredom. Meditation. Withdrawal of the emotions. Loneliness. Passive receptivity. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: How do you feel dissatisfied? Where do you go to find peace and serenity? How is this time of withdrawal and contemplation benefiting you? What are you re-evaluating in your life and relationships? What are you fantasising about and what can you do to realise your fantasies? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I am receptive to the message of my dreams and intuitions.”

FOUR OF SWORDS: Jupiter in Libra. Need for healing. A problem or dilemma being worked on. Illness. Retreat. Rest and recovery. Taking time out. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: From what do you need to rest or retreat? Where do you need to focus your energies in order to recuperate your strength? What do you need to do to gain a better perspective and to be fair and just in the situation? What kind of professional assistance would help most? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I give myself time to rest, laying aside plans and turning within for guidance”.

FOUR OF PENTACLES: Sun in Capricorn. Centeredness or selfishness. Awareness of personal value and worth. Possessiveness. Power. Giving structure to or establishing order in a situation. QUESTION TO ANSWER: What is keeping you centered? What are your greatest strengths? How are you powerful? What gives you a sense of security? What do you want to hold on to or possess? Who or what do you need to protect? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I hold my power in my own hands; my security lies within.”

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FIVES MARS. Reaction. Desire, Challenge, Adaptation. Change. Confusion. Struggle. Conflict. Breakdown. Fate. Guilt. Chaos. Storm and stress. Upset of statically stabilised system of the fours. Humanity. Midway, Bridge, Mediation, Conscience, Temptation. Breaking down force of nature. Tests. Motion coming to the aid of matter. Disturbance. Anger. The fives are indicators of guilt, struggle, conflict. Test that must be passed for further success or continued achievement. Tearing away all that is useless, undesirable or outdated. The life giving drive or force that surmounts obstacles. Revolt against the conventions and traditions of the four. They represent some kind of loss of temper, feelings, security or integrity. (On the Tree of Life - Geburah and Mars.) Negatively: Inertia, Dogma, Repression. FIVE OF WANDS: Saturn in Leo, Exchange of ideas-sometimes heated. Energetic and competitive games. Confronting obstacles. QUESTION TO ANSWER: How and with whom are you competing? What obstacles are you confronting? How do you present your ideas to others? What are you so excited about? What games are you playing? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I present my ideas clearly and assertively.”

FIVE OF CUPS: Mars in Scorpio, Loss and disappointment. Progress hindered. Loss of harmony but the love is still there. Temporary delay. Learning from mistakes and experience. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: What seems lost or down the drain? What do you despair over? What are you disillusioned or disappointed with? What do you feel sorry about? What are some possible alternatives to what you’ve lost? What awaits your attention? What have you learned from your mistakes? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I have felt my loss, yet I continue on my way with the experience I have gained.”

FIVE OF SWORDS: Venus in Aquarius. An empty victory using unfair means. Being divisive and unethical. Personal or political strife. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: Do you expect to get “stung” in this situation? What are you afraid of? What is causing division in the solidarity of your group? What would be the ethical thing to do? What is so important to you that you have to prove everyone else wrong? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I recognise a no-win situation and am willing to withdraw gracefully.”

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FIVE OF PENTACLES: Mercury in Taurus. Voluntary simplicity and unconventionality. Uncertainty creating anxiety, worry and strain. Loss of job, home, security, Feeling “out in the cold.” QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: What are your survival concerns? What changes are you having difficulty dealing with? What have you chosen to give up or do without? Why? What are you worried or anxious about? What conventions/ traditions are you rebelling against? What inequalities or injustices are you trying to change? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I am willing to go through seeming hardships and unconventional life situations to follow my inner values.”

SIXES JUPITER. Exuberance. Reconciliation. A peak experience of some kind. Expressive and expansive. The elements at their practical best (Crowley). Contemplation. Reciprocation. Cooperation, Sharing, Radiating, Choice, Advancement. Harmony. Balance. Sixes indicate the benefits of giving to others, especially reciprocally. Being receptive (sensitive) to people’s need and supplying them. (On the Tree of Life - Tiphareth and the Sun.) Negatively: Tendency to go to extremes, Self-centeredness. Vanity, Condescension. SIX OF WANDS: Jupiter in Leo, Self confidence in your leadership abilities. Advancement toward a goal. Victory and honor. Pride. Team work. Journeys. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: What positions of leadership and responsibility have you taken on? What is your relationship with your fellow workers? What has been resolved through your actions? What do you feel confident about? What kind of leadership do others need from you? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “My confidence in my ability to achieve goals inspires others with whom I work.”

SIX OF CUPS: Sun in Scorpio. Memory or renewal of something from the past. Gifts. Friendship. Pleasurable exchange. Ecstasy. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: What memories or relationships from the past have reappeared? What insights or awarenesses have they provided? What is renewing and revitalising you? What is bringing you pleasure? How are children or childlike enjoyments meaningful in your current situation? What do you give in friendship? What kind of friend are you? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “My greatest gift is friendship.”

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SIX OF SWORDS: Mercury in Aquarius. Moving away from danger. Journey in consciousness, or mental travel. Solving problems. Getting distance to see things in perspective. QUESTION TO ANSWER: What immediate problems are you attempting to solve? Where will you go to solve them? Where in your life right now is mental clarity important? How are you liberating your mind from clutter and false ideas so that you can think clearly? When you step back from your problem to gain a clear perspective, what do you see? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I gain perspective on problems and issues by changing my direction and focus.”

SIX OF PENTACLES: Moon in Taurus. Sharing your resources. Getting assistance or patronage; drawing to you what you need. Token reforms. Sensitivity to others’ needs. An “energy exchange.” QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: With whom are you sharing your prosperity, resources, or abilities? How and to whom are you mentor, advisor or patron? How are you sharing the wealth (of money, talent, information)? What do you have to give that others need? How are you managing your time? What and from whom do you receive? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I give, knowing that I will receive in kind.”

SEVENS SATURN. The maturing process. Inner work, Self-reflection. Struggle. Caution, Test, Limitation, Discipline, Restraint, Movement, Change, New direction. Equilibrium, Mastery, Rest, Unity within complexity, Self expression, Independent action, Correction of imbalance. Changing patterns. Awakening, preparation, Foresight. (On the Tree of Life - Victory and Venus.) Negatively: Arrogance, Deceit, Manipulation, Unwillingness to face and deal with reality. SEVEN OF WANDS: Mars in Leo. Facing up to a situation and asserting your point. Character and integrity. Taking a stand. Defending yourself and your needs or beliefs. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: What beliefs or opinions are you holding onto despite criticism and social pressure? Who are you up against? Are you being loyal to yourself? What result would you ideally like if it could be anything you wanted? How can you most effectively take a stand and present your point of view? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I stand up for my beliefs.”

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SEVEN OF CUPS: Venus in Scorpio. Experiencing an altered state of consciousness. Wanting to experience all your fantasies. Caught up in illusions or in the realm of the senses. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: How are you overdoing or indulging yourself? What are your fantasies for the future? List at least seven. What are your current daydreams? How are you deluding yourself? What mystical or religious visions are you experiencing? How are you gratifying your senses? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I acknowledge my fantasies, yet ask the universe to provide for my needs.”

SEVEN OF SWORDS: Moon in Aquarius. Sneaking around. Lying. Overwhelmed by the odds, avoiding confrontation. Research: Collecting the knowledge and ideas of others. Preparation. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: What are you “appropriating”? Who are you deceiving? What is your strategy to achieve your ends? What research are you doing? What ideas are you collecting? How are you maneuvering the outcome? Do you trust the people you are working with? What is confusing you? What can you do to drop your defenses and become more open? What are the weaknesses in your plan, research or work? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: ”I research, prepare and gather evidence and resources for my projects.”

SEVEN OF PENTACLES: Saturn in Taurus. Fear of failure. Delay. Evaluating the results of your efforts assessing mistake in order to learn from them. Observing the cycles and processes. QUESTION TO ANSWER: What is growing and maturing that you are concerned about? What do you fear will fail or be spoiled? What mistakes did you make in the past in similar circumstances and what can you do differently now? What investments have you made in time, money or labour that worry you? How have your efforts been worthwhile? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I learn from both success and failure by evaluating the process and results.”

EIGHTS URANUS. Giving out, spending, expanding, Order or lack of it. Reevaluation. Prioritising. Use of energy. Valuing. Inspiration, Evolution. Balance, Cause and effect. Vibration. Movement. Moving on. (On the Tree of life - Hod and Mercury.) Negatively: Up in the air, lack of conclusions, inability to decide. Frustration, jealousy.

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EIGHT OF WANDS: Mercury in Sagittarius. Infatuation or falling in love. Activities and energy speeding up. Rapid growth and development. Fast thinking and communication. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: What are you rushing into? A relationship? A new direction for growth? A belief or philosophy? What are you being “carried away” by or overwhelmed with? What do you feel the urge to move on quickly? What do you need to tell others about? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: ”I respond quickly when the time is right.”

EIGHT OF CUPS: Saturn in Pisces. Energy drain. Self-pity. Retreat. Withdrawal from activities into self. Moving away from old values and beliefs. Sense of aimlessness. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: What do you feel weary of or dissatisfied with? What relationships or values are no longer relevant in your life? What or who is drawing on your energy and leaving you feeling emotionally drained? How can you withdraw or take time off to renew yourself? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I take time off to recoup my energy and rediscover my sense of self.”

EIGHT OF SWORDS: Jupiter in Gemini. Feeling fenced in. Restrictions. Too many ideas with no direction. Lack of persistence. Paranoia. Blocked energy or creativity. Bound by your own mental obstructions. Waiting to be rescued. Feeling vulnerable and isolated. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: What actions, plans or ideas are being blocked by circumstances beyond your control? What would you like to do if you could get rid of the obstacles and blocks? Who or what could assist you to break free? What benefits do you receive by not acting? What is interfering with your creative expression? Or your ability to communicate? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I free myself from my own dilemmas by letting go of the concepts that have bound me.”

EIGHT OF PENTACLES: Sun in Scorpio. Self discipline. Preparation. Attention to detail. Patience. Productivity. Getting your finances and resources in order. QUESTION TO ANSWER: What are you working on? Or preparing ahead of time? What skill or craft are you learning? What details do you need to examine and take care of? How can you create a regular time and place to work? What preparations do you need to make? What are you doing to take care of your health and well-being? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I work patiently and persistently to achieve good results.”

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NINES NEPTUNE Luck, fate. Force. Capability. Obstinacy. Integration. Experience. Solitude. Gestation. Magic. Completion. Initiation. Pure intellect. Conclusion. Fulfillment. Attainment of goal. Change is stability. Self reliance. Self awareness. (On the tree of Life - Yesod and the Moon.) Negatively: Isolation. Delusion. Denial and rejection. Lack of discipline and self awareness. NINE OF WANDS: Moon in Sagittarius. Wisdom and discipline from experience. Independence. Dedication to a cause. Strength and persistence of purpose. Defensiveness. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: What previous knowledge and abilities are you drawing on? What is strengthening you to face opposition? What disciplines are carrying you through? Who or what is demanding a lot from you? What task do you have to handle on your own? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “From my experiences I have developed the wisdom and experience necessary to act independently.”

NINE OF CUPS: Jupiter in Pisces. Satisfaction. Wishes fulfilled. Visualising what you want. Sensual pleasure. Self-indulgence. QUESTION TO ANSWER: How have your wishes been fulfilled? What pleasures are being experienced? What do you feel smug about? What do you want to manifest in your life? Can you visualise it in detail? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I manifest what I want by visualising it clearly and precisely.”

NINE OF SWORDS: Mars in Gemini. Depression. Suffering. Guilt. Putting yourself down. Nightmares. QUESTION TO ANSWER: How are you putting yourself down? What is the source of your depression? What are you suffering from? How have you been cruel and thoughtless, or who has been cruel and hurt you? What can you do to improve the situation? What thoughts or nightmares are plaguing you? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I acknowledge my feelings, then move to release them.”

NINE OF PENTACLES: Venus in Virgo, Enjoyment of solitary leisure. Relaxation. Ease. Harvest, Good results from efforts. Material well-being. Reward. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: What are you earning by your endeavors material wealth, security, status? How are you enjoying what you’ve earned? How are you spending your leisure time? How do you give thanks for all that you’ve gained? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I use and enjoy the fruit of my labor, allowing nothing to go to waste.”

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TENS PLUTO. Regeneration. Release. Responsibility. Consolidation. Sum total of all work done from the beginning. Warning. Culmination. Ends and beginnings. Results. Karma. Reward and punishment. Concern with the well-being of others. Cycles. New beginning on the social plane of responsibility to the family or community. Recommitment or new direction. Giving meaning or purpose to your experience. Indicates conditions built up (or existing) over a period of time. Convention. Persistence. Conservatism. Self-will in relation to social conditions. (On the tree of life - Malkuth and the Elements.)

NEGATIVELY: Overflow or overdose of the element. Rebellion and recklessness. TEN OF WANDS: Saturn in Sagittarius. Responsibilities. Perseverance in meeting a goal. Burdens. Resentfulness. QUESTION TO ANSWER: What responsibilities are weighing heavily on you shoulders? What are you feeling burdened with? What is your goal? When will you get there? Who (or what) is restricting you and keeping you from manifesting your full radiant energy? Why have you taken on these responsibilities? How can you best use your powers and energies? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I carry out my responsibilities, yet do not deprive others of theirs.”

TEN OF CUPS: Mars in Pisces. Being “at home” with yourself and others. Wholeness and completion. Affirming joy in your life. Optimism. QUESTION TO ANSWER: How are you living in harmony with your environment? What is good in your life? Where are you finding joy? Where is home? What are your hopes for future relationships? What do you want in a family? What needs of family and friends are you serving? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I am at home with myself and those I love.”

TEN OF SWORDS: Sun in Gemini. Paralysis. The end of a problem, defense, ego hang up, hostility. Letting go. Acceptance and resignation. Sacrifice. QUESTION TO ANSWER: In what way are you feeling paralysed or unable to act? Where do you feel that you have no choice? What are you being forced to accept? What is being sacrificed? What problem can you now let go of? By totally accepting defeat, what are you now free to do? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “Let go of those things I cannot accomplish to free me to do things I can.”

TEN OF PENTACLES: Mercury in Virgo. Established traditions and conventions. Hierarchies, Inheritance. Endurance and permanence. Prosperity and wealth. Family and home. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: In what ways are you wealthy? What traditions are you carrying on? What are you inheriting - a job, money, an apartment? What do you owe to family influence? What is your status/position in the hierarchy or structure? What will endure beyond this experience or situation? How are you expected to behave under the circumstances? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I am rich in family and traditions.”

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THE MINOR ARCANA CARDS COURT CARDS KINGS/SHAMANS Kings show mastery, ability and authority in the field represented by the suit. They represent experience. Power, authority, status. Secure but rigid, limited by the rules they have established. Court cards often signify both yourself and another in a reading. The King can be a boss, your father or some other authority figure. ”He” can also represent the animus in a woman, or a sense of self in a man. KING OF WANDS: (Fire of Fire) Establishment of self. The ability to be oneself. A benevolent dictator. He takes chances based on flashes of intuition, likes to gamble and is very showy and theatrical. Achievements oriented can be domineering, hot-tempered and arrogant. Creative and self-expressive. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: How are you expressing your sense of self? How are you using your decision making and leadership abilities? Who is controlling the situation? Who do you admire for their sense of self? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I acknowledge my accomplishments and my ability to be self directed.”

KING OF CUPS: (Fire of Water) Established emotions or relationship. The ability to love. A counselor or care-giver. Creative and imaginative. He can either have his feelings under control, keeping a detached awareness, or he can cloud the issue with jealousy and fantasies. QUESTION TO ANSWER: What feeling are you keeping under firm control? In what ways are you a care-giver or counselor? Who cares for you deeply? How have you established yourself creatively? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I acknowledge my inner values, feelings and intuitions.”

KINGS OF SWORDS: (Fire of Air) Established thought. The ability to communicate and be analytical. A writer, lawyer, diplomat or philosopher (professionally or otherwise). Protects and defends. Sharp and quick. He can ruthlessly cut through what he perceives as unnecessary or illogical. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: Who is laying down the law? How are you using your ability to be rational, logical and analytical? Who is judging or criticising you? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I acknowledge my ability to stand up for what I truly believe.”

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KING OF PENTACLES: (Fire of Earth) Established work. The ability to produce and be practical. A manger, financier or craftsperson. Responsible and trustworthy, yet stubborn and slow to change. A sensualist. Concerned with security and quality. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: How are you using your ability to manage your material affairs? Who is trustworthy yet stubborn? How are you being practical and down to earth, or who do you know that is? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I acknowledge mother earth as the source of my material wellbeing”.

QUEENS/PRIESTESSES Queens represent inner and personal, rather than worldly, control. They have the ability to nurture and develop things indicated by the suit. They represent mothers and mothering, habits and cultural integration. They administer and channel the power. They rule from the heart. “She” can be the anima in a man, or the sense of self in a woman. QUEEN OF WANDS: (Water of Fire) Recognises her personal power. Displays self confidence, generosity, burning passions and intense desires. Behaves spontaneously and has a quick temper. Utilises her creative energies and inspires them in others. Love of happiness. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: How are you expressing your creative energies? Who is giving you lots of good ideas and energy? When do you feel powerful and passionate? Who is strong willed and protective? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I recognise my self potential and my ability to manifest my desires.”

QUEEN OF CUPS: (Water of Water) Channels feelings, emotions, dreams, visions. She is the muse, the Enchantress. She is psychic and deeply emotional, fluctuating like the moon in her emotions. She must be near water and reflects the unconscious in others. She is usually empathetic and understanding. But can be moody and deceitful. Love of love. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: Who wants to protect you and shower you with affection? How are you working with or expressing your unconscious? How are you expressing your emotions? Who is inspiring you with their dreams and openness? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I recognise the depth of my emotions and my ability to attract and enchant those around me.”

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QUEEN OF SWORDS: (Water of Air) Channels thought. Able to speak on the behalf of others. Makes her point well. Sees through deceit and dissembling. A professional woman. Intelligent and self reliant, with a critical mind and a sharp tongue. Usually fair and just but can be vindictive. Love of ideas. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: How are you utilising your mental and communicative abilities? Who is helping you see the alternatives by pointing things out to you in a rational, perhaps critical way? How are you being discriminating and analytical? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I recognise my inner wisdom and my ability to be fair and just.”

QUEEN OF PENTACLES: (Water of Earth) Channels sensory information and practical knowledge. Able to preserve and conserve. Has respect for body, food, land. Is procreative. Has a love of the world, earth, life. Inspires trust and provides security. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: How are you channeling your physical resources? Who inspires your need for practical skills and nurtures your desire for knowledge? Who is reliable and trustworthy? How are you grounded in Mother Earth? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I recognise the fertility of my soul and I plant my seeds in prepared soil.”

KNIGHTS/PRINCES/SONS Knights act on, are involved in, and committed to the thing indicated by their suit. They represent pure energy and often show where you are putting your energies. Focused but active, they display purpose, courage and a courtly attitude. They are sometimes headstrong, rash, thoughtless and self-centered. For women, knights often represent an animus figure especially a romantic one. They represent your need to challenge something or go adventuring yourself. They can indicate travel KNIGHT OF WANDS: (Air of Fire) Putting energy into self growth, future, prospects, new directions. Willing to take risk. Inspired enthusiasm. Can explode in anger or jealousy. Radiates creative and sexual energy. QUESTION TO ANSWER: How are you growing and developing? How are you taking risks? Who is radiating creative or sexual energy in your life? Who enthusiastically wants to get going on something? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I am willing to act on my inspirations.”

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KNIGHT OF CUPS: (Air of Water) Following your dreams, visions, ideals, love. Expressing taste and aesthetic sensitivity. Psychic, intuitive sharing of visions and giving love. A romantic dreamer. Can be moody and jealous. QUESTION TO ANSWER: “I am willing to act on my dreams.”

KNIGHT OF SWORDS:(Air of Air) Focused on making a point. Committed to ideas, thoughts, philosophy. Using mentality, communication. Speaking out, telling people off. Assertive and courageous, but headstrong and impatient. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: Where are you charging and why so fast? What point do you feel committed to make? Who has been impatient and careless of your feelings? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I defend the right of all to truth and justice.”

KNIGHT OF PENTACLES: (Air of Earth) Doing or teaching your accomplishments. Using your knowledge. Committed to security. Stable and reliable but sometimes stubborn. Striving to keep order and uphold standards. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: Who is stable and reliably there for you? Who is committed to security and conventions? How is it going at work or on a project? What needs of your body or of Mother Earth are you sensitive to? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I protect and take care of my body and that of Mother Earth.”

PAGES/PRINCESSES/ DAUGHTERS Pages signal the need to look into a matter - to study it, to be open to “messages” or new ways and ideas. They act as catalysts for change, indicating an opportunity present. They take risks and are open to new possibilities. They indicate an actual child or your own inner “child” naive and innocent, learning. Sometimes they come into your life as messengers.

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PAGE OF WANDS: (Earth of Fire) Seeks new directions for self growth and development. Brings messages and telephone calls. Is fiery and daring; takes the tiger by the tail. Hot tempered. Uninhibited. Frank and forthright in speech. QUESTION TO ANSWER: What new territories and ideas are you checking out? Who is calling you? Who is enthusiastic about your endeavors or looks up to you as a mature adult? What actions are you risking to take? What are you all fired up about? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I am always growing and learning.”

PAGE OF CUPS (Earth of water) Open to love and new relationships. Willing to take risk with love. Brings messages from your dreams or intuition. Emotionally dependent. In service to others. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: Who depends on you emotionally? What does your intuition say to do? How can you serve others? Who offers unqualified, non-judgmental love? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I am willing to risk loving.”

PAGE OF SWORDS: (Earth of Air) Seeks justice and truth. Cuts though depression and heavy, stormy thoughts. Takes risk with communications. Penetrating and cunning. Cuts though cloudy thought to get at the truth of the matter. Sometimes thoughtless, rash and spiteful. QUESTION TO ANSWER: What do you have to say? What fears must you face? What of significance have you just learned through the media? Who is trying to communicate with you? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I face my fears and depressions and risk cutting through them.”

PAGE OF PENTACLES: (Earth of Earth) Seeks knowledge, experience and new skills. Vision quest. Seeks guidance from the earth. Examines values. Risk money and security. Takes physical risks. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER: What new information are you gathering? What new possibilities do you contain within yourself? Who is bringing you financial information? Are you listening to the earth? SAMPLE AFFIRMATION: “I trust in the information my body gives me and am learning to hear how it speaks to me.”

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HOMEWORK Live with the cards to get in touch with their personal significance – put them up in front of you somewhere. Identify with the images and visualise them in meditation. Based on what you have just read from the last exercise - What do you need to learn from this lifetime? Write down the first answer you can think of.

Ask some more questions and write down your impulsive, uncensored responses.

You will get different answers at different periods in your life, so go through this process again at other times. Gradually you will come to understand what those cards are to you. You will gain more understanding the more time you contemplate them.

SUGGESTION You can keep track of the Personality and Soul Cards of your relatives and friends.

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Your Year Card

You also have a personal Year Card representing the tests, lessons and experiences you will go through this year. Add the month and date of your birth to the current year:

October 14, 1947

→

10 14 +2007 (current year) 2031

Then you add each digit in the resulting number: 1 + 9 + 7 + 1 = 18. Then you add each digit in the resulting number: 2 + 3 + 1 = 6 January to January is a time of significance in helping to understand the events in your life. You will experience circumstances which demand you learn new reactions or directions. Birthday to Birthday is a time of integration during which the new lessons become a part of you. Around your birthday you begin integrating learnings, new awarenesses, which yield new actions, are tried and tested and become a natural part of who you are.

2011

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Your Zodiac Card To determine which card corresponds with your astrological sun sign, check the list below: ARIES

The Emperor

4

TAURUS

The Hierophant

5

GEMINI

The Lovers

6

CANCER

The Chariot

7

LEO

Strength/Lust

11/8

VIRGO

The Hermit

9

LIBRA

Justice/Adjustment

8/11

SCORPIO

Death

13

SAGITTARIUS

Temperance/Art

14

CAPRICORN

The Devil

15

AQUARIUS

The Star

17

PISCES

The Moon

18

My Sun Sign is My Zodiac Card is

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Your Numerological Lessons & Opportunities Cards These are the four Minor Arcana cards (one in each suit), which have the same number as your Soul Number. For instance, if your Soul Number is three, then your Lessons and Opportunities Cards are the Three of Wands, the Three of Cups, the Three of Swords and the Three of Pentacles. My Soul Number is: My four Numerological Lessons and Opportunities Cards are: the

of Wands,

the

of Cups,

the

of Swords,

the

of Pentacles.

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Your Zodiac Lessons & Opportunities Cards There are three Minor Arcana cards which corresponds with your astrological sun sign which represents your zodiac lessons and opportunities.

ARIES

March 21 to 30 March 31 to April 10 April 11 to 20

Two of Wands Three of Wands Four of Wands

TAURUS

April 21 to 30 May 1 to 10 May 11 to 20

Five of Pentacles Six of Pentacles Seven of Pentacles

My Sun Sign is

GEMINI

May 21 to 31 June 1 to 10 June 11 to 20

Eight of Swords Nine of Swords Ten of Swords

My three Zodiac Lessons and Opportunities Cards are:

CANCER

June 21 to July 1 July 2 to 11 July 12 to 21

Two of Cups Three of Cups Four of Cups

LEO

July 22 to Aug. 1 Aug. 2 to 11 Aug. 12 to 22

Five of Wands Six of Wands Seven of Wands

VIRGO

Aug. 23 to Sept. 1 Sept. 2 to 11 Sept 12 to 22

Eight of Pentacles Nine of Pentacles Ten of Pentacles

LIBRA

Sept. 23 to Oct. 2 Oct. 3 to 12 Oct. 13 to 22

Two of Swords Three of Swords Four of Swords

SCORPIO

Oct. 23 to Nov. 1 Nov. 2 to 12 Nov. 13 to 22

Five of Cups Six of Cups Seven of Cups

SAGITTARIUS

Nov. 23 to Dec. 2 Dec. 3 to 12 Dec. 13 to 21

Eight of Wands Nine of Wands Ten of Wands

CAPRICORN

Dec. 22 to 30 Dec. 31 to Jan. 9 Jan. 10 to 19

Two of Pentacles Three of Pentacles Four of Pentacles

AQUARIUS

Jan. 20 to 29 Jan. 30 to Feb. 8 Feb. 9 to 18

Five of Swords Six of Swords Seven of Swords

PISCES

Feb. 19 to 28 March 1 to 10 March 11 to 20

Eight of Cups Nine of Cups Ten of Cups

Your Destiny Card (use the same table above) My Birthdate is My Destiny Card is:

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Your Persona Card You need to know your sun, moon and rising signs to determine these cards. ARIES

Queen of Wands

TAURUS

King of Pentacles

GEMINI

Knight of Swords

CANCER

Queen of Cups

LEO

King of Wands

VIRGO

Knight of Pentacles

LIBRA

Queen of Swords

SCORPIO

King of Cups

SAGITTARIUS

Knight of Wands

CAPRICORN

Queen of Pentacles

AQUARIUS

King of Swords

PISCES

Knight of Cups

Your Personal Potential Card is the Court Card corresponding to your sun sign. My Sun Sign is

s so my Personal Potential Card is

Your Inner Teacher Card is the Court Card corresponding to the sign your moon is in. My Moon is in

so my Inner Teacher Card is s

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Your Mode of Expression in the World is indicated by the Court Card corresponding to your rising sign (ascendant). My rising sign is so my Mode of Expression in the World can be described by

HOMEWORK Lifetime Year Card Graph

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SECTION 3 A PERSONAL RENAISSANCE This section is giving you the opportunity to look for sublime quality in everyday life. Living the sweet, soulful life in the midst of modern pressures requires the thinking, planning, and problem solving skills of a genius. The aim is to ignite your journey to your own personal renaissance with seven steps with Leonardo as our guide. Leonardo carried a notebook with him at all times so that he could jot down ideas, impressions, observations, jokes and fables, observations and thoughts of others, personal financial records, letters, reflections on domestic problems, philosophical musings and prophecies, plans and things of interest. Busy lives and responsibilities drive us towards hard conclusions and measurable results, but the exploratory, free-flowing, unfinished, nonjudgmental practice of keeping a notebook encourages freedom of thought and expansion of perspective. Don’t worry about order and logical flow, just record. The average human has about 65,000 thoughts per day. 95% of those thoughts are the same as yesterday. If you pursue the exercises with passion, you’ll change your percentage in favor of greater creativity, awareness, and quality of life.

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The 7 Da Vincian Principles are: Curiosita An insatiably curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning.

Dimostrazione A commitment to test knowledge through experience, persistence, and a willingness to learn from mistakes, as the means to an enliven experience.

Sensazione The continual refinement of senses, especially sight, as the means to an enliven experience.

Sfumato (literally “going up in smoke”) A willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox, and uncertainty.

Arte/Scienza The development of the balance between science and art, logic and imagination. “Wholebrain” thinking.

Corporalita The cultivation of grace, ambidexterity, fitness, and poise.

Connessione A recognition and appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things and phenomena. Systems thinking.

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Curiosita An insatiably curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning. Self Assessment: Curiosta



I take adequate time for contemplation and reflection.



I am always learning something new.



When I am faced with an important decision, I actively seek out different perspectives.



I am a voracious reader.



I learn from little children.



I am skilled at identifying and solving problems.



My friends would describe me as open-minded and curious.



When I hear or read a new work or phrase I look it up and make a note of it.



I know a lot about other cultures and am always learning more.



I know or am learning a language other than my native one.



I solicit feedback from my friends, relations, and colleagues.



I love learning.

Dimostrazione A commitment to test knowledge through experience, persistence, and a willingness to learn from mistakes. Self Assessment: Dimostrazione



Do I seek out new experiences every day?



Am I actively pursuing different perspectives and fresh insights?



Can I articulate my most fundamental beliefs and the reasons I hold them?



Have I changed a deeply held belief because of practical experience?



Do I question “conventional wisdom” and authority?



Do I ever practice cynicism and call it independent thinking?



When a celebrity I admire endorses a product, am I more likely to buy it?



Am I willing to acknowledge my mistakes?



Would my closest friends agree that I am willing to acknowledge my mistakes? Ask them and note their responses.



Do I learn from my mistakes, and rarely make the same one twice?



Do I persevere in the face of obstacles?



Am I susceptible to superstition?

In considering new ideas, my friends and associates would say that I am:



gullible



closed-minded cynic



an open-minded skeptic.

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Examining Experience exercise How has experience determined your attitudes and behaviours? What are the most influential experiences of your life? Take about 10 minutes and list at least seven. Then, in one sentence, summarise what you learned from each experience.

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Sensazione The continual refinement of senses, especially sight, as the means to an enliven experience.

Self Assessments: Sensazione Self Assessment: Vision



I am sensitive to colour harmonies and clashes



I know the colour of all my friends’ eyes



I look out into the far horizon and up to the sky at least once a day



I am good at describing a scene in detail



I like doodling and drawing



Friends would describe me as alert



I am sensitive to subtle changes in lighting



I can picture things clearly in my mind’s eye

Self Assessment: Hearing



Friends describe me as a good listener



I am sensitive to noise



I can tell when someone is singing off-key



I can sing on-key



I listen to jazz or classical music regularly



I can distinguish the melody from the bass line in a piece of music



I know what all the controls on my stereo system are for and can hear the difference when I adjust them.



I enjoy silence



I am attuned to subtle changes in a speaker’s voice tone, volume and inflection

Self Assessment: Smell



I have a favourite scent (What is it? Why do I like it? What does it remind me of?)



Smells affect my emotions strongly, for better or worse



I can recognize friends by their scent



I know how to use aromas to influence my mood



I can reliably judge the quality of food and wine by its aroma



When I see fresh flowers, I usually take a few moments to breathe in their aroma

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Self Assessment: Taste



I can taste the “freshness” of fresh foods



I enjoy many different types of cuisine



I seek out unusual taste experiences



I can discern the flavor contributions of different herbs and spices in a complex dish



I am a good cook



I appreciate the pairing of food and wine



I eat consciously, aware of the taste of my food



I avoid junk food



I avoid eating on the run



I enjoy participating in taste tests and wine tastings

Self Assessment: Touch



I am aware of the “feel” of the surfaces that surround me daily, i.e. the chairs, sofas, and car seats I sit on



I am sensitive to the quality of fabric that I wear



I like to touch and be touched



Friends say I give great hugs



When I touch someone, I can tell if they are tense or relaxed

Self Assessment: Synaesthesia The feeling of sensation in one part of the body when another part is stimulated The evocation of one kind of sense impression when another sense is stimulated, e.g. the sensation of colour when a sound is heard



I enjoy describing one sense in terms of another



My experience of one sense affects all my other senses



I intuitively understand which colours are “cold” and which are “hot”



My response to art is visceral (instinctual - proceeding from instinct rather than from reasoned thinking)



I am aware of the role of synaesthesia in the thinking of great artists and scientists

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HOMEWORK Decide on your new activities you would like to do and book them into your diary.

Sfumato Literally “going up in smoke” A willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox and uncertainty. Self Assessment: Sfumato



I am comfortable with ambiguity (a situation in which something can be understood in more than one way and it is not clear which meaning is intended)



I am attuned to the rhythms of my intuition



I thrive on change



I see the humour in life every day



I have a tendency to “jump to conclusions”



I enjoy riddles, puzzles, and puns



I usually know when I am feeling anxious



I spend sufficient time on my own



I trust my gut



I can comfortably hold contradictory ideas in my mind



I delight in paradox and am sensitive to irony



I appreciate the importance of conflict in inspiring creativity

Arte/Scienza The development of the balance between science and art, logic and imagination. Whole Brain Thinking. Self Assessment: Arte/Scienza



I am highly imaginative



I like details



I am good at brainstorming



I am almost always on time



I often say or do the unexpected



I am skilled at maths



I love to doodle



I rely on logic



In school, I was better at geometry  than algebra

I write clearly



Friends describe me as very articulate



I read a book by skipping around



Analysis is one of my strengths



I prefer to look at the big picture and  leave the details to someone else

I am organised and disciplined



I often lose track of time



I rely on intuition



I like lists



I read a book starting at page 1 and go through in order

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Corporalita The cultivation of grace, ambidexterity, fitness and poise. Self Assessment: Corporalita



I am aerobically fit



I am getting stronger



My flexibility is improving



I know when my body is tense or relaxed



I am knowledgeable about diet and nutrition



Friends would describe me as graceful



I am becoming more ambidextrous



I am aware of the ways in which my physical state affects my attitudes



I have a good understanding of practical anatomy



I am well coordinated



I love to move

Connessione A recognition and appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things and phenomena. Systems thinking. Self Assessment: Connessione



I am ecologically aware



I enjoy analogies and metaphor



I frequently make connections that other people don’t see



When I travel I am struck more by people’s similarities than their differences



I seek a “holistic” approach to diet, health and healing



I have a well-developed sense of proportion



I can articulate the systems dynamics – the patterns, connections, and networks – in my family and workplace



My life goals and priorities are formulated clearly and integrated with my values and sense of purpose



I sometimes experience a sense of connectedness with all creation.

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Make a Master Mind Map of your Life Version 1 – Big Picture Create your own impresa (emblem or logo) for the centre of the page. On lines radiating out from the central image, print a key word or sketch a symbol for each of your life’s major areas, such as:  People

 Fun

 Career

 Health

 Finances

 Service

 Home

 Travel

 Possessions

 Learning

 Spirituality

 Self

Feel free to add, delete or change the categories suggested here. Ask yourself “what do I want?” in each areas. “Have I expressed all the areas that are important to me? If I could have, do, or be anything at all, what would it be?”

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HOMEWORK DAY 1: Exploring your goals  People

 Health

 Career

 Fun

 Finances

 Service

 Home

 Travel

 Possessions

 Learning

 Spirituality

 Self

DAY 2: Clarifying your Core Values Achievement Adventure Authenticity Awareness Beauty Charity Community Compassion Competition Creativity Discipline Diversity Ecology Excellence Excitement Expression Family Fashion Freedom Friendship Fun

 

Generosity Growth Honesty Humility Humour Imagination Independence Insight Integrity Justice Kindness Knowledge Leadership Learning Loyalty Love Money Nature Order Originality Passion

Perfection Playfulness Pleasure Power Recognition Respect Responsibility Security Sensitivity Serenity Spirituality Spontaneity Stability Status Teaching Time Tradition Truth Winning Wisdom Working

Highlight ten List them in order of importance

DAY 3: Contemplating your Purpose 

Write on “What my purpose is NOT!” This will help you define the “negative space” around what is your purpose.



Contemplate then write on “What is my purpose?”

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DAY 4: Statement of Purpose  

Experiment with writing a “Statement of Purpose” in 25 words or less. Rewrite it once a month until you feel excited through your entire body when you read it.

DAY 5: Looking for Connections    

Do I have clear, specific goals? Can I measure my progress toward achieving my goals? Are my goals in proportion – do they fit together and support one another? What are my top priorities (List your goals in order of importance)

DAY 6: Assessing Current Reality Where are you now with:  People

 Health

 Career

 Fun

 Finances

 Service

 Home

 Travel

 Possessions

 Learning

 Spirituality

 Self



Where are the greatest gaps between what I want and what I’ve got?



Am I “on course” for realising my most important goals? What course adjustments do I need to bring my life into balance?



Are you willing to embrace Sfumato? To hold the creative tension between your highest ideals and goals and your current reality.



Are you willing to “get on board” despite adversity, to embrace a positive vision in the face of pain and fear?



It is much easier to hold the tension between ideals and reality if you have a strategy for closing the gap.

DAY 7: Strategising for Change    

You defined your goals and vision for “What do I want?”

   

Translate your life mind map into a one year plan.



Each day spend 5 minutes to make a mind map of your daily plan.

You clarified your values and purpose and know “Why you want it?” You crafted your strategy “How will I get it?” Working backward from your ideal eulogy, go through your goals and consider the resources and investments you will need. Create an affirmation for each of your major life areas. Decide the steps you will take toward realising your goals. Each week spend 10 minutes making a mind map of your weekly goals, priorities and plans.

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The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive. It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain! I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it, or fix it. I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human. It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; if you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy. I want to know if you can see beauty even when it’s not pretty, every day, and if you can source your own life from its presence. I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, “

Yes!”

It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up, after a night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children. It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back. It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else falls away. I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments. copyright © 1999 by Oriah Mountain Dreamer.

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SECTION 4

Creative Dream Game

My magic wand wakes up Creative Spirits

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GAMES

COURAGE TO LET LOOSE THE WONDERS INSIDE The truth is, we’re all filled with wonders. We forget this, or get tired of trying to find this truth. Our creative dreams can expand brilliantly with this courage activated. Describe one way you could use more courage with your creative dream. Describe what you’d like to do with that courage. Open your heart now to let loose the wonders inside of you.

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SOLO ADVENTURES CAN AWAKEN NEW CREATIVE DREAMS. WHEN WE SPEND TIME WITH OURSELVES DOING SOMETHING BRAND NEW, IT LITERALLY CHANGES HOW OUR BRAINS FUNCTION.



SUCCULENT



OPEN

 

LUSCIOUS OPTIONS

WHERE CAN YOU GO OR WHAT CAN YOU DO, AS A NEW SOLO ADVENTURE? SPEAK ABOUT OR WRITE THIS DOWN.

YES AND NO THE CAREFULLY CHOSEN USES OF THESE TWO WORDS MAKE MORE ROOM FOR OUR CREATIVE DREAMS. SOME OF US SAY YES TO EVERYTHING AND THEN FEEL EXHAUSTED. SOME OF US SAY NO TO EVERYTHING TO TRY TO PROTECT OURSELVES. MOST OF US DO A COMBINATION. WITH REGARD TO YOUR CREATIVE DREAMS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY YES MORE OFTEN TO? WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY NO TO MORE OFTEN? How would each serve you and your creative dreams?

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LIE DOWN IMMEDIATELY MANY OF US FEEL TIRED OR OVERWHELMED. CREATIVE ENERGY CANNOT FLOW AS EASILY THROUGH A TIRED CHANNEL. NAPPING, RESTING, REFRESHING, REPLENISHING, ARE ALL WAYS TO NOURISH YOURSELF CREATIVELY. IDENTIFY WHETHER YOU NEED MORE REST OR SLEEP. IF SO, WHAT CAN YOU DO SPECIFICALLY TO ADD SOME? WHAT CAN YOU DO RIGHT NOW? SPEAK ABOUT OR WRITE THESE IDEAS DOWN.

SURPRISES CREATIVE DREAMS LOVE SURPRISES! WE CAN BECOME SO ACCUSTOMED TO OUR ROUTINES THAT WE FORGET ABOUT THE JOY OF SURPRISES OR THE UNEXPECTED. DO YOU FEEL DELIGHTED BY SURPRISES IN YOUR LIFE? WHY OR WHY NOT? WHAT IS SURPRISING ABOUT YOUR CREATIVE DREAM? WHAT NEW SURPRISES CAN YOU ARRANGE FOR?

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GIFTS MORE SELF-LOVE It is not selfish to LOVE OURSELVES. IF WE ARE NOT FILLED UP WITH LOVE, WE CANNOT SHARE THAT LOVE WITH OTHERS. MY GIFT FOR YOU IS AN INCREASED CAPACITY TO EXPERIENCE EVEN MORE SELFLOVE. LIST WAYS YOU ARE SELF LOVING. DESCRIBE WAYS YOU ARE NOT. HOW CAN YOU EXPAND YOUR EXPERIENCES OF SELF-LOVE?

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CLOCK OF FORGIVENESS THIS CLOCK DOESN’T KEEP TIME, BUT GIVES IT TO YOU IN THE KINDEST MEASURE. IF YOU’RE RUSHED, TIME SLOWS DOWN, IF YOU NEED IT TO, TIME SPEEDS UP. YOU NOW REALISE THAT TIME IS ENTIRELY YOUR PERCEPTION AND THERE IS ALWAYS ENOUGH. HOW CAN YOU AND YOUR CREATIVE DREAM USE THIS NEW CLOCK OF FORGIVENESS? DESCRIBE IT.

DEEP GRATITUDE THE BEST GIFT YOU CAN GIVE YOURSELF AND YOUR CREATIVE DREAM, IS DEEP GRATITUDE. THIS MEANS FOCUSING ON ALL THAT YOU FEEL GRATEFUL FOR, AND EXPANDING THAT FEELING EACH DAY. THIS WILL DRAW MORE GOODNESS TO YOU. WHAT AND WHO ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR? MAKE A LIST EITHER BY SPEAKING OR WRITING.

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BREATHE OUR VERY BREATH IS A PROFOUND GIFT. BREATHE LIFE INTO YOUR CREATIVE DREAMS. BREATHE THROUGH DIFFICULT PLACES. BREATHE IN JOY. JUST BREATHE. TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND ANOTHER. ONE MORE ......

CLOAK OF PATIENCE I GIVE YOU A LIGHTWEIGHT, INVISIBLE CLOAK. IT FOLDS UP TO THE SIZE OF A SMALL COIN, AND YOU CAN PUT IT ON ANYTIME TO MAGNIFY YOUR EXPERIENCES OF PATIENCE. EVENTUALLY, YOU ABSORB THE CLOAK INTO YOUR BODY AND PATIENCE BECOMES A PART OF YOU. IN WHAT WAYS CAN YOU BENEFIT FROM MORE PATIENCE? WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH PATIENCE? WRITE ABOUT OR DISCUSS.

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LOVE

INNER ALLIES, MENTORS, TEACHERS WE ARE ALL GIFTED BY AND SURROUNDED WITH HELPERS FOR OUR CREATIVE DREAMS. INNER ALLIES: ASPECTS OF OURSELVES INVOLVED WITH HELPING US EXPAND GOODNESS. TEACHERS : GUIDES FOR LEARNING. MENTORS : ALREADY DOING OR BEING SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO OR BE. GIVE AN EXAMPLE OF AN INNER ALLY, TEACHER OR MENTOR IN YOUR LIFE. THINK OF WAYS TO EXPAND THIS LIST. WRITE OR SPEAK ABOUT IT.

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INSPIRATION YOU AND YOUR CREATIVE DREAMS ARE NOURISHED BY INSPIRATION. TO INSPIRE IS TO GIVE BREATH. OUR DAILY AND “ORDINARY” LIVES CONTAIN ALL THE INSPIRATION WE NEED TO GROW HUGE CREATIVE DREAMS. DO YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF AS INSPIRING? WHY OR WHY NOT? ASK A FRIEND IF THEY FIND YOU TO BE INSPIRING, AND IF SO, TO TELL YOU SPECIFICALLY IN WHAT WAYS.

WILLINGNESS WILLINGNESS IS THE ABILITY TO MOVE WITHOUT PROOF. WILLINGNESS IS THE CUPCAKE MAKER FOR YET ANOTHER FUNDRAISER. OUR CREATIVE DREAMS THRIVE ON APPLIED WILLINGNESS. WHAT ARE YOU REALLY WILLING TO BE OR DO FOR YOUR CREATIVE DREAMS? WRITE OR SPEAK ABOUT SOME OF YOUR IDEAS.

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EXPERIENCING SUPPORT THIS INCLUDES A FEELING OR EXPERIENCE OF SOLIDITY, CONSTANCY, AND AN UNDERLYING ONGOING BASE OF HELP AND ASSISTANCE. I LIKE TO DESCRIBE IT AS A “STURDY PLATFORM” OF SUPPORT. WE NEED THESE KINDS OF SUPPORTIVE EXPERIENCES TO FURTHER BUILD OUR CREATIVE DREAMS. DEFINE AND DESCRIBE YOUR PARTICULAR SYSTEMS OF SUPPORT IN THE AREAS OF:

   

PHYSICAL EMOTIONAL MENTAL SPIRITUAL

SPEAK OR WRITE ABOUT THESE.

RADICAL SELF-ACCEPTANCE THIS MEANS ACCEPTING YOURSELF AS YOU ACTUALLY ARE, NOT AN IDEALISED VERSION OF YOURSELF. THIS SELF-ACCEPTANCE LEADS TO EXPANSIVE CHANGE. AS WE BECOME AWARE AND ACCEPT OURSELVES, WE CAN ALLOW CHANGES. IDENTIFY 1-3 AREAS IN WHICH YOU LACK SELF ACCEPTANCE. NOW DESCRIBE 3 AREAS YOU FEEL SELF ACCEPTING. WRITE OR SPEAK THESE.

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Positive Challenge Proud Procrastination

GRUDGE ISLAND THIS IS A PLACE WHERE EVERYONE WEARS BACKPACKS LOADED WITH GRUDGES AND SIFTS THROUGH THEM TO DISCUSS ALL THE WAYS THINGS SHOULD BE BETTER. GRUDGES ARE OBSTACLES TO CREATIVE DREAMS. LIST OR DESCRIBE ANY GRUDGES YOU CURRENTLY HAVE. HOW COULD YOUR CREATIVE DREAMS BENEFIT FROM THE ENERGY THAT MIGHT BE GOING TOWARD GRUDGES?

ASK YOUR SELF WHAT EXCITES OR INSPIRES YOU ABOUT LIVING MORE OF YOUR CREATIVE DREAM. ARE YOU HIDING FOR SOME REASON? DO YOU DESERVE TO FEEL HAPPY AND DEEPLY CREATIVE? MAKE A LIST OR DISCUSS CREATIVE DREAM-LIVERS YOU ADMIRE. WHO ARE THEY? HOW DOES THE WORLD BENEFIT FROM THEIR CREATIVE DREAMS IN ACTION? HOW ABOUT YOU?

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TRANSFORMING FEARS WE ALL HAVE FEARS, AND WE CAN ALL TRANSFORM THEM. FEARS HAVE THE ABILITY TO APPEAR SO REAL THAT WE CAN BECOME PARALYZED BY THEM. CREATIVE DREAMS CAN TRANSFORMING FEAR.

QUICKLY

EXPAND

THROUGH

DESCRIBE A FEAR THAT YOU HAVE ABOUT LIVING MORE OF YOUR CREATIVE DREAMS. EXPAND THAT THOUGHT UNTIL YOU END UP WITH THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN. CALL IN THE STRONGEST PART OF YOU TO ANSWER THAT FEAR WITH PRACTICAL, REALISTIC REASSURANCES.

CONTACTING PEOPLE OUR CREATIVE DREAMS BENEFIT FROM OTHER PEOPLE PARTICIPATING. CONTACTING PEOPLE YOU DON’T YET KNOW CREATES AN ENERGETIC CIRCLE THAT HAS A POSITIVE EFFECT WHETHER YOU RECEIVE A RESPONSE OR NOT. CHOOSE SOME ONE YOU LIKE AND PLAN TO CONTACT THEM BY PHONE, EMAIL OR LETTER. WHO WILL YOU CONTACT? WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO SHARE ABOUT YOUR CREATIVE DREAM?

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CALL OR REACH OUT FOR GOOD THINGS WE ARE SURROUNDED BY SUCH GOODNESS, AND IN TIMES OF FEAR OR RESISTANCE, WE CAN RAPIDLY FORGET THAT OUR CREATIVE DREAM LIFE EXISTS TO KEEP US NOURISHED WITH GOODNESS.

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Time

PERFECTIONISM THERE ARE MANY OF US PRACTICING PERFECTIONISM AND DELAYING CREATIVE DREAMS. PERFECTIONISTS DO A LOT OF INTERNAL JUDGING AND THINK THAT THEIR OFFERINGS AREN’T QUITE GOOD ENOUGH. THEIR FAVORITE WORDS TO USE ARE “NOT YET”. IF PERFECTIONISM IS ACTIVE IN YOUR CREATIVE DREAM LIFE, BEGIN TO EXPLORE NEW WAYS TO TAKE ACTION IN “SPLENDIDLY” IMPERFECT” WAYS. SAY OR WRITE WHAT THESE NEW WAYS WILL BE.

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MICRO MOVEMENTS THESE ARE TEENY TINY MOVEMENTS THAT CAUSE HUGE CREATIVE CHANGE. MOST OF US ASSIGN OURSELVES TASKS THAT ARE TOO LARGE AND THEN GET FRUSTRATED AT OUR LACK OR PACE OF PROGRESS. MICRO MOVEMENTS ARE 5 SECONDS TO 5 MINUTES IN LENGTH, WITH A GENTLE DATE AND TIME WRITTEN DOWN. EXAMPLE OF A MICRO MOVEMENT: CREATIVE DREAM: TRAVEL TO EUROPE AND PAINT. MICRO MOVEMENT: FRIDAY AT 1 PM TAKE MY PASSPORT APPLICATION OUT AND FONDLE IT LOVINGLY. NOW YOU CHOOSE ONE, AND WRITE IT DOWN. WHEN YOU’RE READY, YOU’LL CHOOSE ANOTHER, AND ANOTHER...

PROCRASTINATION MANY OF US USE TIME TO PROCRASTINATE INSTEAD OF EXPERIENCING COMPLETION. PROCRASTINATION IS MERELY A HABIT THAT CAN BE CHANGED. THE FAVORITE WORD OF PROCRASTINATORS IS: LATER. SHIFT TO SAYING NOW MORE OFTEN. THE GIFT OF PROCRASTINATION IS MORE TIME, SO UTILISE THAT TIME TO EXPERIENCE MORE COMPLETIONS. DESCRIBE ONE OR MORE WAYS YOU’RE CURRENTLY PROCRASTINATING WITH YOUR CREATIVE DREAM. THIS GETS IT OUT OF YOUR HEAD AND INTO MOTION. SPEAK ABOUT THIS OR MAKE A LIST.

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TIME STRETCHER CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE OF TIME. TIME IS ELASTIC. WE FORGET THIS AND EXPERIENCE “TIME SCARCITY.” YOU CAN STRETCH (OR SHRINK) TIME TO FIT YOUR NEEDS. EXPERIMENT WITH CALLING IN THE “TIME STRETCHER” AND ALLOW TIME TO SHIFT. WHAT IS ONE THING ABOUT YOUR CREATIVE DREAM THAT YOU COULD USE MORE TIME WITH? HOW COULD THE TIME STRETCHER” HELP WITH THIS? DESCRIBE AND DISCUSS.

OVERWHELM OVERWHELM SPELLS “OW” BECAUSE IT FEELS PAINFUL TO PRACTICE. USUALLY, WE’RE OVERWHELMING OURSELVES WITH THOUGHTS OF THE FUTURE, AND ASSIGNING EVERYTHING “EQUAL IMPORTANCE”. OVERWHELM IS A BLOCK TO CREATIVE DREAMING AND CAUSES US TO FEEL VERY TIRED. IDENTIFY SOMETHING YOU HAVE FELT, OR DO FEEL, OVERWHELMED ABOUT BY YOUR CREATIVE DREAM. WHAT WOULD TAKE THE PRESSURE OFF? HOW COULD YOU DO IT DIFFERENTLY? SAY OR WRITE WHAT THAT IS.

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Permission What if we all walked around letting loose the wonders inside of us?

ASKING AND RECEIVING MOST OF US ARE MUCH BETTER GIVERS THAN RECEIVERS. WE OFTEN BLOCK RECEIVING FOR FEAR OF BEING THOUGHT OF AS “TOO NEEDY”. CREATIVE DREAMS ARE VERY RECEPTIVE TO RECEIVING - EVEN IF WE ARE NOT. EXPLORE WHAT YOUR CRATIVE DREAM COULD RECEIVE THAT WILL BENEFIT IT. DESCRIBE HOW YOU CAN INCREASE YOUR EXPERIENCES OF RECEIVING.

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NAPPING

PEOPLE WHO NAP ARE OFTEN MORE CREATIVELY AWAKE. NAPPING CAN SET THE STAGE FOR MORE CREATIVE DREAMING. WHEN NAPPING, WE ARE IN A STATE OF ALLOWING - WHICH DIRECTLY FEEDS CREATIVE DREAMS. IF YOU ENJOY NAPPING, DO YOU DO IT AS OFTEN AS YOU WOULD LIKE? DO YOU VIEW NAPPING AS “UNPRODUCTIVE”? TALK OR WRITE ABOUT IT. THEN, TAKE A NAP!

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DOING THINGS BADLY ONE OF THE MOST INHIBITING FACTORS FOR CREATIVE DREAM LIVING, IS HOW WE THINK WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING WELL, OR PERFECTLY TO BEGIN IT. THEN, BECAUSE OF THOSE THOUGHTS, THERE ARE SO MANY CREATIVE DREAMS WE DON’T EVEN ATTEMPT! GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO DO SOMETHING BADLY. WHAT COULD IT BE? HOW BADLY COULD YOU DO IT?

BEGIN AGAIN WE FORGET THAT WE CAN BEGIN AGAIN, OVER AND OVER. CREATIVE DREAMS GROW IN SPIRALS AND LAYERS, NOT IN A LINEAR LINE. IF SOMETHING IS STUCK OR NOT WORKING WITH YOUR CREATIVE DREAM, BEGIN AGAIN.WHAT CAN YOU BEGIN AGAIN? LIST OR DESCRIBE PLACES IN YOUR LIFE THAT WOULD BENEFIT FROM BEGINNING AGAIN.

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TO BE SUCCESSFUL THIS MEANS TO ME; “TO BE CREATIVELY OF USE TO MYSELF AND THE WORLD”. AS CREATIVE DREAMS GROW AND DEVELOP, SUCCESS MAY COME TO YOU IN NEW WAYS. YOUR ENTHUSIASM FOR SUCCESS IS A MAGNET FOR MORE. WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF SUCCESS? IN WHAT WAYS ARE YOU ALREADY SUCCESSFUL? HOW COULD YOU INCREASE YOUR FEELINGS OF SUCCESS WITH REGARD TO YOUR CREATIVE DREAMS?

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Fear

INERTIA THIS IS A FORM OF PARALYSIS. IT JUST FEELS INSURMOUNTABLE TO DO ANY THING. CREATIVE DREAMS CAN STAY IN A STATE OF INERTIA FOR MANY, MANY YEARS. ITS HALLMARK IS DOING NOTHING, OFTEN UNHAPPILY. IDENTIFY IF YOU EXPERIENCE INERTIA. DESCRIBE HOW IT FEELS. SHARE WHAT THINGS HAVE WORKED TO CHANGE THE AMOUNT OF TIME YOU EXPERIENCE INERTIA. IF YOU DON’T EXPERIENCES INERTIA, PLEASE SHARE WITH SOMEONE WHO DOES.

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INSIDE CRITICS THESE ARE CRITICAL VOICES WE HEAR IN OUR HEADS. THOSE VOICES ARE ATTEMPTING TO PROTECT US. BUT THEY ARE ONLY MOTIVATED BY FEAR, SO THEIR ADVICE IS USELESS. OUR CREATIVE DREAMS ARE MOST OFTEN STOPPED OR SABOTAGED BY THESE INSIDE CRITICS. GIVE THESE CRITICAL VOICES NEW JOBS. WHAT JOB COULD YOU GIVE? LEARN TO DIALOGUE WITH THEM AND TURN THEM INTO ALLIES. DISCUSS OR DESCRIBE YOUR EXPERIENCES WITH CRITICAL VOICES.

IMPATIENCE MAKING CREATIVE DREAMS REAL CAN SOMETIMES BE A SLOW OR UNEVEN PROCESS. YOU MIGHT MAKE PROGRESS QUICKLY IN SOME AREAS, AND NOT IN OTHERS. IT CAN BE TEMPTING TO PRACTICE IMPATIENCE TO TRY TO ACCELERATE PROGRESS. THIS LEADS TO FEAR AND FRUSTRATION. IN WHAT WAYS ARE YOU PATIENT WITH YOUR CREATIVE DREAMS? IN WHAT WAYS ARE YOU IMPATIENT? HOW CAN YOU EXPAND YOUR EXPERIENCES OF PATIENCE? WRITE ABOUT OR DESCRIBE THESE.

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RESISTANCE FULL STOP METHOD FOR CREATIVE DREAMING. THE WORDS IT USES ARE OPPOSING /REFUSAL. OFTEN, RESISTANCE FEELS LIKE AN UNSCALABLE WALL, WHEN ACTUALLY, THERE ARE FOOTHOLDS ALL OVER. RESISTANCE IS COMMON TO CREATIVE DREAMING AND CAN BE HANDLED CREATIVELY. ASK YOURSELF: AM I PRACTICING RESISTANCE WITH MY CREATIVE DREAMS? IN WHAT WAYS? HOW COULD I CHOOSE DIFFERENTY? WHAT WOULD THAT LOOK/FEEL LIKE? DESCRIBE OR DISCUSS.

BLAMING WE CAN ALL FIND PEOPLE OR THINGS TO BLAME ABOUT WHY WE’RE NOT SPENDING MORE TIME WITH OUR CREATIVE DREAMS. BLAMING THE SELF IS ESPECIALLY POPULAR. BLAME IS MISDIRECTED ENERGY AND A HABITUAL FEAR REACTION. THIS ENERGY CAN BE REFOCUSED. BLAME EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING! SPEAK OR WRITE ABOUT IT, MAKE A LIST. THEN, RECYCLE OR BURN THE LIST - IT WILL SEPARATE THESE THOUGHTS FROM YOU. IF YOU SPOKE YOUR LIST, VISUALISE IT BURNING UP.

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Reminders

MAKING IT REAL YOU CAN DEVELOP YOUR CREATIVE DREAMS INTO SOMETHING THAT YOU AND OTHERS CAN SEE, FEEL AND EXPERIENCE. “MAKING IT REAL” MEANS MAKING IT PHYSICALLY EXIST IN SOME WAY, AND LETTING IT OUT OF YOUR HEAD, COMPUTER OR DRAWER. HOW CAN YOU IMAGINE MAKING YOUR CREATIVE DREAM, OR SOME PART OF IT MORE REAL? WRITE ABOUT OR DISCUSS THIS.

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PRACTICE MICROMOVEMENTS AS YOU DEVELOP YOUR “HABIT OF COMPLETION”, IT WILL GROW STRONGER WITH USE. AS YOU BECOME MORE FAMILIAR WITH MICROMOVEMENTS YOU CAN MAKE A WHEEL THAT LOOKS LIKE THIS:

6. MOVEMENT IS

1. PUT A MICRO

FUN

MOVEMENT IN EACH SPOT

2. THIS WILL

YOUR CREATIVE

5. YOU CAN DO IT

DREAM

4. DRAW OR ENVISION YOUR WHEEL NOW

ACCELERATE FORWARD MOVEMENT

3. MAKE ONE WHEEL FOR EACH CREATIVE DREAM

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MAKE YOUR MOST ALIVE CHOICES AN “ALIVE CHOICE” FEELS EXCITING, PERHAPS A BIT ALARMING. IT MIGHT MAKE YOU GRIN A LITTLE, OR SKIP WHILE YOU WALK. LET YOURSELF MAKE MORE ALIVE CHOICES. THESE CHOICES WILL FILL YOU AND YOUR CREATIVE DREAM LIFE. DESCRIBE A WAY YOU HAVE OR COULD, MAKE AN ALIVE CHOICE. WHAT IS THAT CHOICE OR CHOICES AND HOW COULD YOU MULTIPLE IT/THEM?

STUDY ENERGY WE ARE ALL BEINGS OF ENERGY. THIS ENERGY IS POWERFULL. IT IS OUR CREATIVE DREAM-MAKING POWER SOURCE. IT IS A COMPLETELY FREE, CLEAN, RENEWABLE SOURCE OF POWER THAT CAN BE STUDIED, PRACTICED AND ENHANCED. LIST WHAT MAKES YOUR ENERGY EXPAND. LIST WHAT MAKES YOUR ENERGY CONTRACT. TALK OR WRITE ABOUT HOW YOU CAN SPEND MORE TIME FEELING AND EXPERIENCING ENERGY EXPANSION.

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DEVELOP SUPPORT OUR CREATIVE DREAMS (AND OURSELVES) NEED SUPPORT. WE ARE MEAN’T TO HELP EACH OTHER. IT IS ESSENTIAL TO PRACTICE RECEIVING SO THAT YOU CAN ASK FOR, AND RECEIVE SUPPORT. WHAT’S ONE NEW WAY YOU CAN DEVELOP YOUR SUPPORT SYSTEM? REMEMBER: THIS INCLUDES SELF SUPPORT. WRITE OR SPEAK ABOUT THIS.

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Celebrating We are succulent human beans

BEING OF SERVICE ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT MAKING CREATIVE DREAMS REAL IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE YOUR DREAM BE OF SERVICE TO OTHERS. CREATIVE DREAMS LOVE TO BE UTILISED FOR THIS PURPOSE. ASK AND ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS: CAN MY DREAM BE OF SERVICE TO OTHERS? IN WHAT WAYS? WHAT CAN I SET UP NOW TO HAVE MY DREAM BE OF SERVICE TO OTHERS? BEGIN.

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YOU ARE INSPIRING OUR CREATIVE DREAMS LOVE INSPIRATION AND I WANT TO CELEBRATE HOW YOU ARE INSPIRING TO ME BY MOVING FORWARD WITH YOUR CREATIVE DREAM. YOU ARE INSPIRING TO ME ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU ARE STUCK, HIDING OR QUITTING. WE NEED ALL THE PARTS OF CREATIVE DREAMING NOT ONLY THE FUN, EASY PARTS. WHAT IS ONE THING YOU CAN CELEBRATE RIGHT NOW ABOUT YOUR CREATIVE DREAM. WRITE IT DOWN OR SPEAK ABOUT IT.

WELCOMING CREATIVE DREAMS CREATE A WELCOMING ATMOSPHERE FOR YOUR NEW CREATIVE DREAMS BY: RELEASING YOUR CREATIVE DREAMS AFTER YOU’VE MADE THEM REAL. NOT HOARDING YOUR CREATIVE DREAM IDEAS AS THOUGH YOU WON’T GET NEW ONES. PLANNING TO RECEIVE NEW CREATIVE DREAMS ALL YOUR LIFE. IN WHAT WAYS CAN YOU CREATE A WELCOMING ATMOSPHERE FOR YOUR NEW CREATIVE DREAMS? WRITE OR SPEAK ABOUT IT.

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CELEBRATING MISTAKES FROM OUR “MISTAKES” COMES SOME OF OUR RICHEST MATERIAL FOR OUR CREATIVE DREAMS. EVERY MISTAKE IS A TEACHER AND CAN LEAD TO NEW SUCCESSES. I’VE MADE MANY, MANY MISTAKES AND THEY’VE ALL LED ME TO PLACES I WOULDN’T HAVE DISCOVERED OTHERWISE. WHAT MISTAKE OR MISTAKES HAVE YOU MADE WITH REGARD TO YOUR CREATIVE DREAMS? WHAT MISTAKES CAN YOU LOOK FORWARD TO MAKING? LIST OR DESCRIBE THESE.

ACKNOWLEDGING THE PROCESS OF LIVING OUR CREATIVE DREAMS IS AS IMPORTANT (OR MORE) THAN THE PROGRESS. WE OFTEN BECOME OVERLY FOCUSED ON OUTCOMES AND CONCLUSIONS. ACKNOWLEDGING YOUR PROCESS IS A POWERFUL WAY TO SUPPORT YOUR CREATIVE DREAM LIVING – IT GIVES WEIGHT AND WONDER TO YOUR WORK. MAKE ONE POSITIVE, AFFIRMING STATEMENT ACKNOWLEDGING YOUR CREATIVE DREAM LIFE. SAY IT OR WRITE IT.

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SECTION 5 A Path to Higher Creativity This section is about anyone interested in practicing the art of creative living.

Every blade of grass has its Angel that bends over it and whispers, “Grow, grow.�

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Basic Principals of Creativity

1. Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy: pure creative energy. 2. There is an underlying, in-dwelling creative force infusing all of life – including ourselves. 3. When we open ourselves to our creativity, we open ourselves to the universe’s creativity within us and our lives. 4. We are ourselves, creations. And we, in turn are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves. 5. Creativity is The Universe’s gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to The Universe. 6. The refusal to be creative is self-will and is counter to our true nature. 7. When we open ourselves to exploring our creativity, we open ourselves to The Universe: good orderly direction. 8. As we open our creative channel to The Universe, many gentle but powerful changes are to be expected. 9. It is safe to open ourselves up to greater and greater creativity. 10. Our creative dreams and yearnings come from a divine source. As we move towards our dreams, we move toward our divinity.

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Childhood Allow yourself to free-associate for a sentence or so with each phrase. 1. My favourite childhood toy was 2. My favourite childhood game was 3. The best movie I ever saw as a kid was 4. I don’t do it much but I enjoy 5. If I could lighten up a little, I’d 6. If it weren’t too late, I’d 7. My favourite musical instrument is 8. The amount of money I spend on treating myself to entertainment each month is

9. If I weren’t so stingy, I’d buy myself

10. Taking time out for myself is 11. I am afraid that if I start dreaming

12. I secretly enjoy reading 13. If I had had a perfect childhood I’d have grown up to be

14. If it didn’t sound so crazy, I’d write or make a

15. My parents think artists are 16. Learning to trust myself is probably 17. My most cheer-me-up music is 18. My favourite way to dress is

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Describe your childhood room. If you wish, you could sketch this room.

What was your favourite thing about it? What’s your favourite thing about your room right now?

Describe five traits you like in yourself as a child.

What did you want to be when you were a child?

List five childhood accomplishments.

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List five hobbies that sound fun.

List five classes that sound fun.

List five things you personally would never do that sound fun.

List five skills that would be fun to have.

List five things you used to enjoy doing.

List five silly things you would like to try once.

As you may have gathered at this point you can approach things from many different angles, all of them aimed at eliciting more information from your unconscious about what you might consciously enjoy. What have you learnt about yourself at this point?

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Environment Describe your ideal environment. Town, country, modern, cozy?

What’s your favourite season? Why?

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Time Travel Describe yourself at eight.

What did you do after fifty that you enjoyed? Be very specific.

Write a letter from you at eighty to you at your current age. What would you tell yourself? What interests would you urge yourself to pursue? What dreams would you encourage?

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Remember yourself at eight. What did you like to do? What were your favourite things? Write a letter from you at eight to you at your current age. What would you tell yourself?

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Wish List

1. I wish 2. I wish 3. I wish 4. I wish 5. I wish 6. I wish 7. I wish 8. I wish 9. I wish 10. I wish 11. I wish 12. I wish 13. I wish 14. I wish 15. I wish 16. I wish 17. I wish 18. I wish 19. I wish 20. I most especially wish

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Key Competencies Quiz

Personal Empathy Persuasiveness Communication Resilience

Creative Flexibility Creativity Problem Solving Information Management

Technical Quality Commerciality Technical Skills Literacy

Managerial Enthusiasm Leadership Team Focus Co-ordination

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SECTION 6 Summary

Life Plan Development Where are you now?

Where do you feel you’d like to go now?

What are some things you’d like to do differently, now that you know what you know?

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What help and support do you feel you will need?

What were some themes that you picked up?

What limiting beliefs would you like to work on eliminating?

Here is a list of common limiting beliefs (circle any that may apply): 1. I am not good enough, I am not smart enough, It’s not OK to make mistakes, I have to be perfect. 2. I am not wanted, I am not needed, I am not lovable, I am not loved for myself, I don’t love myself. 3. I am of no value, I have to put other people’s needs before my own, My needs are not important. 4. I am not safe, People are out to get me, It’s not OK to be comfortable in the world, It is never OK to be vulnerable. 5. I have to be in control or things go wrong or don’t happen, I will not be taken care of, You can’t depend on anyone for anything. 6. Other people can control me, I have to obey to be loved, I am not free, I do not have choice, I have to do what other people want. 7. I cannot get my needs met, I can’t receive, Things don’t come to me easily, No-one can understand me. 8. My presence doesn’t matter, I am not allowed to assert myself. 9. I cannot connect, I am alone in the world, Love is an illusion.

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Go back to your Eulogy that you wrote at the beginning of the day and edit it to suit your new view of the world.

What training do you feel would be useful to you at this point?

Would you be interested in developing your plans, goals and themes further in the Masters Program?

What do you now feel is your Life Purpose at this point in time?

What is your soul’s mission to accomplish in this lifetime?

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What can I do to help you?

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Program Evaluation Date: Course Name:

Foundation Program

Your Name: Facilitator’s Name:

Katrena Friel

At the completion of every program we invite all participants to complete this evaluation form. The purpose of this evaluation is to provide feedback on the effectiveness of your experience, and to get your opinions on a range of issues. How would you describe the pace of Comments: the program?

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What is one important thing you will do differently as a result of the program?

How much of what you have learned in this program do you expect to use?

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Had a thorough knowledge of the program. Created a comfortable & open environment. Seemed genuinely interested in my experience. Explained the purpose of each activity with clear directions. Provided useful answers to questions. Led productive and meaningful discussions. Provided application of concepts and skills to my life. Tied course segments together.

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3 Moderate Value

4 Considerable Value

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Additional comments and feedback are encouraged and appreciated so we can improve each time.

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We would love to quote you on our website (with your permission), so that people can hear your thoughts and experiences. Have you got a quote we can use?

Would you recommend this experience to your friends, colleagues and family?

Let me know if there is anyone you would like invited along to the next program.

Would you be interested in potentially attending the Masters Program? Circle:

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Would you be potentially interested in the Train the Trainers Program? Circle: yes no Would you like to be contacted regarding private coaching days on: Career Development Circle: yes no Personal Development Circle: yes no Business Development Circle: yes no All of the above Circle: yes no

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Thank you for helping evaluate this program. I look forward to helping support you on your journey. Stay in touch and let me know of all your triumphs along the way. Love & Light

Katrena – My Inner Child

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Recommended Further Reading Tarot for Your Self Mary K Greer

The How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci Workbook Michael J Gelb

SARK’s Creative Dream Game www.planetsark.com

The Artist’s Way A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity Julia Cameron

www.bota.org (Builders of the Adytum)

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Life Purpose Development for your Body, Mind & Soul This workshop gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in yourself. Teaching you about your path, with the aim to discover through your own experience what your life purpose means to your evolution. Wisdom is not one particular experience, nor a series of ideas or knowledge to be collected. It is an ongoing process of discovery that unfolds when we live with balance and full awareness in each moment. It grows out of sincerity and genuine openness, and it can lead us to a whole new world of freedom.

Foundation Program Participation Workbook Program developed by: Katrena Friel For further information on workshops visit: www.deepandmeaningful.com.au or email katrena@deepandmeaningful.com.au or phone 0412 537 053.

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