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Tarot for Empowerment: Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

I have to admit that I’m a little blue today. In Toronto, where I live, the current temperature is minus 30 degrees. Believe me, I’m sick of hearing myself complain about the weather here (as are my more hardy friends and family members). I always think it’s a mean trick, I mean, it’s the beginning of the New Year, and most people are trying to stick to their various resolutions, and then just when we’ve all sworn off mashed potatoes, chocolate, red wine and have vowed to start jogging, the ultimate hibernation and comfort food weather is thrown our way. When the city has declared an official “extreme cold warning”, I think all bets are off and it’s do-whatever-you-need-to-do to survive time.

Not a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions, but…

All melodrama aside, this weather (and being housebound) has got me thinking about New Year’s resolutions and how the Tarot can help you stick to them and generally thrive in 2015. I’m not a big fan of arbitrary resolutions, but I find that it’s natural when we hit the end of any cycle and the beginning of a new one to think about where we are, where we want to be, and what changes we need to make to get there.

At the beginning of the New Year, I think about what I want to achieve, who I hope to be, where I hope to be over the course of the coming months. For example, this year I am very focused on building my Tarot business, on building my reputation as a professional, capable and empowering Tarot reader, on being able to sustain myself financially and enjoy the benefits of my business. With this in mind, I went through my deck, with the cards face up, and watched for a card that I felt embodied this goal.

The Nine of Pentacles called to me…

RWS Nine of Pentacles

RWS Nine of Pentacles

The card that really resonated with me is the lovely Nine of Pentacles. This card depicts an elegant and composed woman, standing in a fertile garden, surrounded by life, growth and glowing golden pentacles (coins). She is confident, secure, and seems to be enjoying the benefits of her hard work and talents. She is financially stable, and is taking the time to enjoy her life and the beauty around her. She is blooming, she is about to enjoy the harvest after her labour. She also has discipline and control over her thoughts and her own nature…I can’t imagine that any negative thoughts are allowed in that sanctuary!

Give this process a try…don’t over analyze it, just go with your gut and chose that card.

Empower yourself with that card…

Once you have your card, you can use it to empower you in many ways:

  • Carry the mental image of the card (or the actual card) with you throughout the day. If you’re feeling discouraged, tempted or in need of a boost, pull up that image for inspiration and a reminder of what you’re working towards
  • Meditate daily with the card, let the card whisper its insights to you
  • Create a mantra for yourself based on the card. This can be used during meditation or anytime you need encouragement
  • Draw/create/build/collage/papier-mâché your own version of the card – put a copy on the fridge, in your wallet, on the bathroom mirror, by your desk, by your bed…surround yourself with that positive and empowering image! Let it seep into you!

I find this to be a gentle, fun and yet powerful way to remind yourself what you hope and dream for in the coming year, rather than imposing an artificial and almost impossible resolution on yourself. Instead of setting yourself up to fail, allow some magic into your life and get excited about the possibilities!

I hope you’ll give this a try, and let me know how it works for you. What are you hoping to achieve in 2015? Which Tarot card encapsulates that dream?

Best wishes for an abundant, exciting and joyful 2015!

I took a break from writing, picked up my coloured pencils, and drew my own 9 of Pentacles. I was surprised how fun that was, I feel replenished!

I took a break from writing, picked up my colored pencils, and drew my own 9 of Pentacles. I was surprised how fun that was, I feel replenished!

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