Claiming Your Sovereignty

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As the world shifts and changes in profound ways, it is now more important than ever to stand strong in our truth and in our light. Many of us are awakening to ever-deepening levels of awareness and to a greater understanding of our life path and purpose. The veil is being lifted, and while we are all connected, the ways we each experience this unveiling depends on our unique path. This increasing clarity and awareness often happens layer by layer; we gain greater insights as we are ready to receive and understand them. As we gain new perspectives, such as an awareness of who we truly are and who we are meant to be in this lifetime (understanding that this can evolve throughout our lives as we grow), staying in our lane and staying in our light is so important, especially in the current energetic landscape.

Maintaining our connection to the heart and practicing compassion and kindness are some of the most powerful ways we can navigate the world and our own lives. Our connection to the heart allows us to stayed attuned to our intuition and our highest guidance so we can make the best choices and live in alignment with our truth. From that place of alignment, we become aware of our true power and gain the clarity that we are already free; we are already sovereign. Knowing this helps us to stand strong in our integrity and navigate life in a way that is right for us. It guides the thoughts we think, which create our reality and inform the decisions that we make. It’s the difference between being under the influence of our higher power or not.

It can be helpful to remind ourselves of our inherent sovereignty anytime we realize we are feeling oppressed, controlled, powerless, or helpless. We cannot be controlled unless we allow ourselves to be, because true power comes from within. A simple yet effective mantra is: I am already free. I am already sovereign. I am the creator of my own reality. Focusing on those words while breathing deeply, sitting with the intention, seeing yourself as sovereign, and really feeling your own power can stop the momentum of unwanted feelings. Coming back to this practice over and over, as often as you need to, helps shift your energy and beliefs over time through focused effort, concentration, and practice.

Remembering our inner power and inherent freedom helps us to flow with the heart-centered connection we have to the highest aspects of ourselves. When we become aware of our sovereignty and true inner strength, we can respect the freedom and individuality of others, whether or not we agree with their choices. We are ultimately and primarily responsible for ourselves, the ways in which we navigate the world, and the choices that we make. Claiming responsibility for our own alignment and choices is a way of claiming our sovereignty and standing in our individual power and integrity.

August: A Reading for the Collective

Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim
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August is the eighth month, and the number eight in numerology carries the energies of abundance and expansion. The number eight is also the symbol of eternity or infinity turned upright, and signifies eternal abundance. The lemniscate, or infinity sign, appears in the tarot above the heads of The Magician and the figure on the Strength card in prominent decks, indicating that we are eternal beings and powerful creators of our own reality (The Magician) and have access to infinite wisdom (Strength). Strength appears in the reading for the fourth week of this month. Read on to find out what August has in store for the collective.

Q1: What is the overall energy of August? Two of Pentacles

Pentacles are associated with the material realm and are closely linked to our finances, home, career, and anything having to do with physical, earthly concerns. Twos relate to balance and partnerships, and the Two of Pentacles can come as guidance to maintain balance in our finances, work, and personal life, and it can also indicate the partnerships that impact those areas. August is a month of expansion that can bring new opportunities in just about every area of our lives. This could mean work and career opportunities, promotions, recognition, travel, and new partnerships that impact our finances, career, and creative endeavors. A second source of income is possible. You may find that you need to make a choice between two options; a new job offer could find you weighing your choices to make the decision that is best for you. Maintaining a good work-life balance is important, as is keeping a healthy balance in all areas of your life. Be sure to make time for yourself and to do things that bring you joy.

Q2: Week 1 energy: Ace of Swords

New ideas and ways of thinking show up for you this week. Newfound clarity is available to you. You have access to profound wisdom and insight by simply tuning in (through meditation, prayer, or simply sitting with your thoughts and holding the intention of receiving your highest guidance). You have access to higher knowledge at all times, and especially this week as the energies are supporting expanding clarity and understanding. This week has the potential to bring breakthroughs in your understanding and powerful, lightning-strike insights. Be ready for flashes of inspiration and sudden downloads of knowledge from the universe. Call on your high-vibrational allies and ask for their support in bringing through the highest understanding and clarity that will benefit and support you at this time. Strengthening your focus and sharpening your mental acuity are also highlighted this week. Be strong and unwavering when you know something is right for you; do not allow yourself to be influenced by other ideas and opinions that are not in alignment. Hold strong to the ideas that you know are right for you. Be sharp in your thinking and clear in your speech and communication.

Q3: Week 2 energy: Ten of Pentacles

Take pleasure in material comforts and in the knowing that the earth provides abundantly for all. Look to your family support system and your community in appreciation of the security and foundations they provide. The energies this week support abundance and good fortune, and new opportunities are likely to reach you now. Family, loved ones, sources of income, home, property, and land are sources of security and stability. Appreciating your foundations strengthens them. This week, set intentions for improving groundedness, stability, strengthening foundations, material comfort, and security. Look to your relationships with love, even those that are not strong, and they will be fortified, growing and healing and becoming stronger over time. Setting the intention that all relationships in your life are always strengthening, growing, and healing is powerful this week and beyond.

Q4: Week 3 energy: Knight of Wands

Expansion, positive change, relocation, shifts, and movement are all in focus this week. You may see new opportunities in terms of moving, work, and career, especially if you have set those intentions and have been actively seeking change in this area. Focusing your thoughts on what you want to manifest is always powerful, but it is key this week. This focus and clarity will help bring smooth, happy, joyful transitions and opportunities to you with ease. Entering into a flow state by connecting with your intuition and higher guidance is also highlighted, as it will help channel and direct the expanding energies into happy outcomes in a more powerful way. The energies this week are supporting joyful results, but aligning with what you desire to create guides the manifestation according to your vision. If you have been seeking adventure, this week is a good time to get away, take a vacation, or otherwise break from your usual routine.

Q5: Week 4 energy: Strength

Now is the time to channel your inner warrior. Hold strong this week, keep your boundaries secure, be self-aware, and note how your thoughts and decisions impact yourself and others. Stand strong, hold firm in your resolve, and steel your mind. Tune into your instincts. Do not be swayed by what is not right for you; do not even give it one second of your attention. Know your power. Connect to your higher self and tap into who you really are. Knowing yourself in your highest truth has a profound impact on your decisions, your understanding, and the ways in which you navigate the world. You have everything it takes to succeed. Do not take no for an answer. Go after what you want and pursue it with steady resolve until it is yours. Standing firmly in your power, you will show yourself what you are made of. Prepare to amaze yourself as you stretch and grow and expand the boundaries of what you thought was possible. By the end of this month you may be asking yourself: What limits?

Q6: Guidance from the universe for August: The Sun

The strong guidance this month is to stay focused on the positive. We are being asked to practice radical self-care by making choices that benefit us and improve our mindset and vibration. Raising our vibration allows us to show up in a more powerful way for ourselves and for others. Because your thoughts inform your vibration and draw to you whatever you are focusing on, it is so important to think about only what you want to see manifested in your life. We get to choose what we allow into our minds, and into our lives. There is plenty to focus on that is undesirable, and even more that can bring us joy. It begins with setting the intention. Our intention is so powerful because it guides the energy to wherever we are focused. Setting the intention to shift your mindset into positive thinking plants a seed that sets this change in motion. Shining a light on the thoughts that come up for us spotlights them in our awareness; if something isn’t helpful to you, noticing it helps shift it out of your awareness. You can then replace it with a preferred thought like I deserve happiness. Simply appreciating what is good raises your vibration, and there is so much to appreciate, if we only look.

Knowing Your Worthiness

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Each one of us is worthy. The only thing that holds us back from that knowledge is ourselves. We are all here to learn and grow, and part of that process involves making mistakes. We can all look back at choices we made with the clarity of hindsight and recognize what the better choice might have been. But did we learn from the situation? That is what is most important.

It doesn’t serve us to hold onto regret or guilt; those emotions only keep us stuck in the past and block us from moving forward and experiencing the happiness we all deserve. It is helpful to look back to acknowledge what a situation taught us, but not to wallow in the negatives. Forgiving ourselves is so important. It is just as important to forgive others and to let go of resentment, which also keep us tied to the past in ways that are unhealthy and prevent us from experiencing the beauty life has to offer.

When you make a mistake, acknowledging it and setting the intention to release it with love and forgiveness to yourself is a powerful way to begin moving forward. Using a similar process to forgive others also helps clear those energies and blockages. The more we forgive ourselves and others, the more we can connect to our sense of self-worth and to an understanding of the unique value we have to offer, both to ourselves and to the world. Now is a time of tremendous karmic clearing, so trust your intuition if you feel like you need to make something right with somebody to clear the energy.

The more we heal, the more we strengthen our connection to what is real, to what is within us—our divine, sacred energy. When we remember that we are sourced from the divine, it is easy to recognize why each one of us is worthy. That is not to say that we are all worthy in the same way, because our individuality means we each have something unique to offer. Every one of us is here to show up in a specific way. By connecting more strongly to our sense of self, we ground further in the knowing of our unique, individual value.

Knowing that we are worthy—of happiness, of thriving, of living a joyful and abundant life—creates powerful shifts in our mindset and in our lives. This knowing guides us along the path to better understanding the reasons we are here and the powerful ways we can show up for ourselves and others. It really changes everything. Our eyes open to new clarity, awareness, and opportunities, and we begin to see ourselves and the world around us in a new light. Every experience and encounter becomes sacred and is an opportunity for joyful expansion, connection, and a chance to create or share or learn something meaningful.