TAROT FOR THE TIMES

Tarot brings information to your fingertips; when you are ready to cut the cards the possibilities are endless! – Traci Goodrich

2015 New Moon in Aquarius: Challenging the Status Quo

Pay special attention to the new moon that is about to enter Aquarius on January 20th because as one of 6 Super Moons this year, you will be given the opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start over in some area of your life.

How can you make the magic of the new moon work for you? Think and act as the Aquarians do!

 

5 of Cups Rider-Waite

5 of Cups Rider-Waite

Endings and Beginnings:

It’s never comfortable when some aspect of your life comes to a complete end, but you can turn things in your favor by saying good-bye to the past in a dramatic way. It’s time to cut the metaphoric umbilical cord that keeps you tied to the past by seeking out and embracing new opportunities. If there is some aspect of your past that needs to be healed, now is the time to do it.

A card that keeps surfacing that describes what you need to move away from is the 5 of Cups. This tarot card often represent grief and regret with one’s emotional opportunities; this grief affects your foundation, your base, your ability to be grounded in this world (also known as the Root Chakra).  Don’t be a slave to memories or ideas that keep you feeling powerless. Be courageous and stand on your own two feet knowing you can take care of yourself.

 

Challenging the Status Quo

The Emperor Rider-Waite

The Emperor
Rider-Waite

The new cycle that wants to be born is chipping away at the old world structure, the patriarchy is being challenged  by an upstart who is smart, intuitive and very feminine. The Emperor represents the old world and masculine authority that has been in a position of leadership for a very long time. It’s easy to follow the wisdom or guidance of the status quo because more people are comfortable with following established order over a new system that might be perceived as unorthodox, challenging, or weak by conventional standards but it is time to shake things up. Go, Aquarians!

Utopian Visions

High Priestess Rider-Waite

The High Priestess Rider-Waite

Aquarians love to cause trouble with their utopian vision of the world and their breadth of knowledge comes from a mixture of curiosity, creativity, and intuition. The High Priestess represents this Aquarian challenge to the status quo.

The High Priestess (or Popess) loves knowledge and she is open to some radical ideas and visions of the world because she knows that great minds do not think alike. The greatest minds of our generation have a unique vision of the world. If you follow a traditional value structure, it might be time to ask what innovative ideas are you adding to the paradigm or system that might be seen as a threat? How can you find support for your unorthodox ideas or originality so it can be appreciated during this new cycle?

Tools for Implementing Aquarian Values

Strength Rider-Waite

Strength Rider-Waite

Aquarians are social creatures and they love to communicate fresh and original ideas within their community and can be very persuasive during debate. Three cards that explore some tools that people can use to implement Aquarian values in the world are explored with the Strength (or Force), The Sun and Six of Cups tarot cards.

The Strength card is a card that explores the idea of patience and perseverance. Part of the work during this cycle will be to communicate with people who have a conventional or status quo mind-set, but you will bring something young, fresh or exciting to the table. If there is something that you want and you are faced with an opposing view, how can you effectively communicate your position in a way that is perceived as peaceful and non-threatening?

You might have to work with people of a conventional mind-set, people who might want to maintain some control (or old world order), but you are in a position to use your skills and share your insight in a way that isn’t perceived as threatening. This is your challenge!

The Sun Rider-Waite

The Sun Rider-Waite

The Sun tarot card explores the freedom-seeking side of Aquarian nature. How can you take a lighter, more spontaneous, optimistic, or even playful view to your life circumstances and share that with your community?

6 of Cups Rider-Waite

6 of Cups Rider-Waite

The 6 of Cups tells me that some of your Aquarian opportunities might come from the past. Is it possible that the ideas that you need to share have a space in a community that you’ve had for a very long time? Look no further than your own peers to explore your ideas. It’s possible that something or someone from the past might resurface at this time. Who or what used to inspire you? When or where have you dabbled in the unconventional in your life? Who has shared innovative moments with you?

Since this new moon also coincides with a Mercury Retrograde cycle, your work might be in reflecting on the past and dusting off some old skills or relationships that might assist you with creating a future that uses creativity, intuition, and fun-loving community oriented attitude. Mercury Retrograde cycles ask you to review or reflect on some aspect of your past before you move onto the next step.

I would love to hear more about how you plan to implement Aquarian values in the next 4 weeks in the comments section!

Self-insight, Self-improvement, Self-awareness…Self-sabotage?

Self-care: Reduce mental fear and anxiety by creating more time for harmony and balance.

Self-care: Reduce mental fear and anxiety by creating more time for harmony and balance.

CRUSH THE COMPETITIVE INNER VOICE

Is this you? In the back of your mind you hear a voice saying:

The beginning of the new year is considered to be an excellent time for creating new routines, implementing healthy habits and creating action plans for the goals you want to accomplish in the new year. (I can hear a record needle screeching to a halt as I write this).

But wait!

Did I hear you correctly? You don’t have any concrete goals or an action plan in place and you feel overwhelmed by thought of taking action?  Or you feel frustrated or stuck by the thought of trying to achieve all the goals and changes that you want to implement this year? 

What’s my advice? Don’t freak out but do turn off the voice of the inner critic. I love this simple guide to optimal wellness by Deepak Chopra: 5 Steps for Creating Healthy Habits. This post outlines simple strategies to start your wellness plan.

CREATE A REASONABLE TIME FRAME TO ACHIEVE GOALS

Attempting a total make-over in the first month of the new year is just as much of an act of self-sabotage as doing nothing at all; in fact most people are better off making room to achieve some smaller more manageable goals in addition to allowing for more time to achieve larger goals. Here is an interesting post that debunks the 21 days to form a new habit myth: How Long It Takes To Form a New Habit. I’m adding this post as a gentle reminder that sometimes our goals for the new year have the addition of an unreasonable timeline. Is it possible that loving yourself, flaws and all, is the first necessary shift to make in 2015?

LOOK FOR INSPIRATION AND BEAUTY IN YOUR IMMEDIATE ENVIRONMENT

It's ok to be exactly where you are. Master the fine art of contentment.

It’s ok to be exactly where you are. Master the fine art of contentment.

Keep in mind that self-care is not a competition. If you feel shut down by the thought of making any changes or overwhelmed by all the changes that you feel that you need to make it might be time to take steps to reprogram your own mind to be ok with where you are in your life.

How can you be happy with your life just as it is? How can you take a more playful and optimistic approach to the new year? How can you be more care-free, light-hearted, and freedom-loving in the choices that you make?

Leave some room to be pleasantly surprised, you don’t need to map out every detail to begin to make some changes.

If you are looking for some playful inspiration, check out some of the suggestions for being a happier person in the post, 43 Simple Ways to Make Yourself Happy by Gina Vaynshteyn over at Hello Giggles.

ENJOY SIMPLE PLEASURES

This is my top 10 list for navigating the new year simply and healthfully:

1 Focus on the positive (Recently, a colleague posted some ideas about the new year’s tradition of keeping a gratitude jar filled with whatever you feel grateful for each day. At the end of the year, you will have lots of positive memories to jump start the new year).

2 Turn off the voice of the inner critic

3 Master the basics (i.e. If you are a beginner, don’t start at an intermediate or advanced level.)

4 Ground and center your energy (Allow yourself to be bored. Turn off your cell phone! Silence will help you with this one.)

5 Eat food that you lovingly prepare or arrange in your own kitchen (Avoid eating out, eating out of a box or eating energy bars/supplements for a week and reach for real food. If you are not a cook there is no shame in keeping it simple: eat apples and peanut butter, oatmeal with apples and butter, cottage cheese and tomatoes, or other whole foods that are simple to prepare.)

6 Take daily walks in nature (in your neighborhood, around the block, on your lunch break from work)

7 Breathe fresh air deeply into your lungs

8 Get a little sun as it makes itself visible in the sky

9 Make time for friends and family that have your best interest at heart

10 Do something you love doing every day (Feeling stuck? Look at your book shelf, record collection, old letters, old journals, ask your friends or family to tell you why they love you.)

What baby steps are you going to take in the coming months that will simply make you happier? Please share strategies in the comments section. We can help and learn from each other!

 

 

 

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