2022: A Look at the Year Ahead

Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim
Image by Victoria Constantino

The numbers in the year 2022 add up to six, which is a number of home, harmony, family, and domesticity. This year, changes, adjustments, and developments will be for the attainment of greater harmony and balance in these areas. We can facilitate the ease of change by going with the flow and following the path of least resistance. This is also a heart-opening year, in which we have the opportunity to open our hearts and discover the great source of our light within. Our attunement to the heart is the further discovery of our truth and of the infinite intelligence from which we spring and of which we are a part.

Discovering oneness and strengthening unity consciousness is another theme of 2022. We may be seeing ourselves in others, now more so than ever. Projecting our light illuminates the way for those who may have lost their own. As we each awaken, we are like points of light shining in the fabric of oneness, wherever we are on the planet. As we each awaken to our truth and as we heal, we send ripples throughout the collective, and our light, healing, and awakening is felt by others. In this way, we lift each other up and we light the way for others to find their own path. As more and more of us discover our light, the whole of humanity is lifted up and ascends further up the scale of consciousness. 

January: Ace of Swords

The Ace of Swords is all about clarity and indicates that new ideas are on the horizon. At the beginning of the year, we benefit from setting intentions for the months ahead, establishing clear goals, considering what we want to accomplish, and what we hope to get out of 2022 overall. Where do we want to be by the end of the year? Beginning this new cycle by setting clear intentions establishes the tone for what we manifest through the next twelve months. 

It can also be helpful to keep in mind that, as eternal beings, we are always modifying, learning, growing, and shaping our experience, and this includes making changes to our goals that align to who we are becoming as we grow and change. It’s okay to set goals at the start of the year that then change as we do, as our inner being or higher self is always supporting us in getting to where we want to go. Setting intentions at the beginning of the year establishes a way forward that we can finesse and change as we go.

February: Ten of Cups

Tens are numbers of completion and cups are related to the heart, making the Ten of Cups a card of rich rewards, abundance, and emotional fulfillment. Deep, sustainable, long-lasting happiness is on the horizon now and sets us up for a more secure and stable future—one that is heart-led. This emotional abundance is nourishing to all aspects of ourselves, including the heart, mind, body, and soul. When our hearts are nourished, all good and wonderful things flow from there. 

Regardless of outer circumstances, we can always tap into the wellspring of infinite abundance that flows from the heart. This is done through softening resistance and attuning to our inner being, whether through meditation or other forms of relaxation. We can also reach this state through accessing high-flying emotions like joy and appreciation. Sarah Wiseman writes, “The heart is the seat of the soul,” and when we tune into the heart, we are tuning into our inner being. We may physically feel something clear and pure flowing from the heart center when we reach this state. Accessing this state of alignment brings forth manifestations, great joy, new ideas, and clarity.

March: Three of Swords

Where there is resistance, pain, or blockages, that is where our work is. Those knives struck through the heart on this card need to come out, first and foremost. It’s time to get rid of the pain and release the past so we can begin to heal. Because like attracts like, if we don’t release those energies, we may unwittingly attract more of the same. It’s time to let go and move on, and do what we need to heal. It is through the wound that the light enters. Once we have sent the energies that do not serve us into the light for clearing and transmutation, we can invite the light of our source within to fill us. This begins a powerful healing and realignment process. 

Another approach to the healing process is to simply align with our inner being or higher self. The more we do this, the more we are filled with our own light, and that is where healing takes place. Some may feel more resonance with this method, while other may prefer to take the path mentioned above. Whatever feels right to you is a good way forward. We always benefit from being in our own light and aligning with the source within. 

When we heal, and when we are more filled with our own light, we are more readily able to attune to the whole of who we are, take aligned action, and receive what is ready for us. This sets us on a path in which we are moving steadily toward our goals and walking into our highest possible outcomes. On this path, we strengthen in the knowing of our worthiness, our confidence, and our alignment with our true, innate freedom and power. And from this place, we can move through life as the powerful creators we are here to be.

April: Page of Pentacles

The Page of Pentacles shows us learning something new in the physical realm. This may be a new job or career, financial path, business, or source of income that we are navigating. This is a time of learning, in which we benefit from studying relevant resources, seeking answers to our questions, and doing what is needed to gain a firmer understanding of the new that is in our lives. Practice makes perfect, and, though our first steps may be uncertain or exploratory, with time and practical application, we will start to gain more solid footing.

We are paving the way for our future now, building a stronger basis of understanding so that we are prepared to be our best and move up the ladder when the time comes. We must first do the groundwork before pouring the foundation, and the foundation itself should be strong in order to support whatever we build on top of it. Doing the groundwork is akin to energetic preparation, as everything in existence first began as energy germinated by thoughts and ideas. Creating solid foundations is akin to the preparations we make through learning or study so we can prepare ourselves for a better future. 

May: Eight of Cups

The Eight of Cups is a turning away, and it often arrives when we are striking off in new directions. We may be setting the intentions now to go somewhere new or take another path. This card can arrive at various stages of manifestation, which may include walking away from something in order to make room for a new set of circumstances. It can also let us know that our intentions to take a new path are gathering momentum and are beginning to manifest or will soon manifest in our physical reality. We are making inner and outer preparations now. 

What is interesting about this card is that cups are associated with the heart and the emotional realm. It often arrives when the heart is ready for something new, and we are making energetic preparations, perhaps even unconsciously, and preparing our hearts for the change that is soon to come. Our inner being always knows where we want to be and where we are in relation to the state desired, and helps guide us every step of the way. It may be especially important now to tune in to our inner guidance so we can receive aligned action steps; then, when it is time to walk away, we will do so in divine right timing, which is the timing that is most aligned for us.

June: The Tower

Last month saw us making significant progress on our intentions to head in new directions, and this month, the impending change has gained sufficient momentum to make way for the new. The old tower crumbles so a new one can be built. What isn’t serving our highest good, and anything that stands in the way of the fulfillment of our goals, is leaving our lives now. This is a clearing of energies on a fundamental, foundational level and it may be karmic or tied to our mission for this lifetime. It could also be connected to what we are manifesting, either intentionally or not.

On the outside, what is crumbling may cause shock, upset, or pain, but it doesn’t have to. Its loss can be a welcome relief or we can choose to see it as something necessary and timely. It depends on how we look at it, and perspective is important. If a structure that has been beloved for generations falls, it is because it was not structurally sound and may have caused harm to those who would have chosen to use it. With the old energy gone, we have a beautiful chance to build something new; the slate is wiped clean and we get to decide exactly what we want to create.

July: Three of Wands

Following on the heels of The Tower, the Three of Wands indicates new manifestations. What left us last month made room for the new energies coming in now. Through our focus and determination—and ideally, also through aligned action, which comes from our inner being or higher self—we are lining up with manifestations borne from our intentions. The goals we set previously are coming to fruition. We may surprise ourselves with how effortlessly we are able to attain our goals. Reaching smaller goals greases the wheels for larger manifestations, as these smaller achievements remind us of how powerful we are as creators of our own realities.

We may also be seeing signs of larger goals arriving through similar manifestations or synchronicities. Because like attracts like and what we focus on grows, we may be seeing manifestations we would consider smaller versions of larger goals coming in. This lets us know a few things—namely, that what we are doing is working and we should continue, and it could also clue us in to resistance we may have to the entirety coming in. While we may look at manifestations as smaller and larger, according to Abraham-Hicks, it is as easy to manifest a castle as a button. Energetically, we can just as easily receive one as we can the other, and the biggest distinction is in what we are allowing. If we believe we will receive it, then we will. We can use the evidence of what is coming to us to make any adjustments to our beliefs and vibration as necessary.

August: Seven of Pentacles

Through diligence, focus, and determination, we will succeed. This card shows us focused on our goals and working to achieve them. Last month brought us manifestations, and now we are working, hands in the clay, to mould and shape what has arrived. Working with the clay, we persist until it looks as we wish, and then we take the next aligned action steps. This month, we benefit from allowing our intuition to guide us and from going within. Taking breaks allows us perspective. When we are up close to our creations for a while, it can benefit us to step back for brief periods of time every so often so we can see the bigger picture, or view our creations in another light. 

This allows us to course correct if needed and determine our next best steps. Flowing with the ideas that feel good in the moment as we do this work can help us to elevate our creations. This is a good time to set intentions around making our creations the best they can be. Sometimes this may mean learning new methods and techniques, or considering different approaches. Thinking outside of the box can help us in unexpected ways. What we are creating now has the potential to serve us well for the future and can lead us to wonderful new interactions, goals, and creations. Take others’ advice with a grain of salt, if at all, and trust your intuition above all else.

September: Ten of Wands reversed

Lay down your burdens, says the Ten of Wands reversed. Whether you need to take time for yourself, reassess your schedule or obligations, do some inner work, take a step back from things for a while, or make significant changes in your life, this card says it’s time to let go and take a close look at the burdens you carry. Some of them may not be yours to carry, some you have carried for so long you forgot you were still carrying them, and some simply need your attention. This month, we can pay special attention to what comes into the spotlight, because it may be surfacing to be cleared. The strong message now is to put yourself first and remember you are not greedy for doing so—we are all in charge of our own experience and are each responsible for what we attract. We live in an attraction-based universe and everything that arrives into our experience, we are attracting.

The first step to releasing burdens can be simply realizing we are carrying them. It doesn’t have to be hard, and just because things have been a certain way for a while doesn’t mean they always have to be that way. Sometimes we have to put ourselves first and sometimes that means changing our perspective, mindset, approach, or methodologies. Sometimes it means healing or setting clearer boundaries. It will be different for us all depending on our life path and experience, and depending on where we are in the moment. It’s time to take a close look at what isn’t working and what needs to be done to shift it. Often, through our attention upon it, it will begin to shift naturally, as long as we are not putting up resistance to change. We owe it to ourselves to allow the positive change to flow to us that is meant for us.

October: Queen of Pentacles

The Queen of Pentacles represents abundance, prosperity, and happiness. She is a woman in her power who is successful in all she endeavors to do. Experience is a great teacher, and this queen has learned much. She is now in a secure position and enjoys all life has to offer. She encourages us to look around and find things to be grateful for, as this practice, when done sincerely, attracts more for us to be grateful for. What we focus on grows, and this figure is a teacher by example. The position she has achieved she has reached through her belief in herself and not only her ability to attract abundance, but also her knowing that she is worthy and deserving of it, as we all are. 

The queen’s message is that we are all here to create the reality we wish and that each one of us deserves to live in happiness, freedom, and prosperity. The strong message is also one regarding our own personal sovereignty. When we remember who we are, we remember how powerful we are and the true freedom in which we can live. When we align with our higher self or inner being, we are aligned with the Source energy part of us that is eternal, magnificent, and a powerful force of creation. We each have the ability to live in our power and in the freedom that is an aspect of our highest truth.

November: Six of Cups

The Six of Cups can be a card of nostalgia and one of remembering the path we traveled before. Acknowledging memories that come to the surface and exploring the messages they may have for us can be a powerful source of support and perspective. Where did we begin and where are we now? What are we still holding onto that it is time to let go of? What dreams and goals have we set aside that it would benefit us to reassess and embrace anew? Sometimes the Six of Cups is a card of looking back, acknowledging, and healing, and sometimes it carries a message of remembrance. Remember those dreams you set aside? Did you give up on them and if so, why? Remember you can achieve all you set your mind to accomplish and you are worthy, capable, and deserving of reaching your mostly deeply held desires.

People from our past may reappear now and we can feel into the significance of their presence at this time to determine what our intuition is telling us about their re-emergence into our experience. Are they here so we (or they) can gain closure? How does their presence make us feel? If we feel triggered, this can be information from within showing us where we need to heal. Attuning to our intuition is beneficial, as it is an important source of guidance for us and can help us parse out deeper meanings and better understand ourselves and others. Flowing gently with the path of least resistance and in accordance with our own highest good is indicated now. A message, one that can help us, may be ready to come through. This is a time of assessment and recalibration, a time in which we can can determine a new path forward. 

December: The High Priestess

As the year winds to a close, The High Priestess guides us inward to tap into our power and align with our source of truth. We may be ready to attune to higher levels of spiritual wisdom and strengthen our spiritual gifts. Going within this month aligns us with the season, whether it is the rest and recharging of winter in the Northern Hemisphere or the outward joy of summer in the Southern Hemisphere. Changes are germinating deep within and they are to our benefit. Attuning to the inner world is a strong theme this month. 

“Know thyself” is the clear and resounding message. We are always learning more about ourselves and it is part of our core nature to do so. We are each part of the collective, a point in the fabric of the whole that is One, All, Source. The experiences of each one are a way for the One to know itself. There are deep mysteries within that link us all and individuation is only a construct. When all the world’s a stage, our recognizing it as such brings us to heightened levels of awareness. We can rise above for brief moments in time and yet stay grounded in the experience that causes our expansion.  There is much for us to learn, discover, and know.

Overall guidance for the year: The Moon

This year, we are encouraged to pierce the veil of illusion, and to go within to find the secrets of the universe, which flow forth from the heart. Tapping into infinite intelligence is as easy as aligning with the source within. This year, we may ask: What is truth, and what is illusion? Knowing that our deepest truth lies within, we can go there to find all the answers we seek. 

The moon itself reflects the light of the sun, and its phases reveal varying degrees of light and shadow. It is a reminder that the world is a mirror reflecting back to us what we are projecting. Viewed in another way, the law of attraction assembles the components that are a match to our vibration, and what shows up in our lived experience is a reflection of where we are vibrationally.

This is a year of taking stock, of considering what is showing up for us so we can make any necessary adjustments to our vibration. This sets us on a track to strengthen our awareness of our vibrational offering so we can create a platform from which we align with our intentions, and from there, we can more directly create what we desire simply by setting the intention and then lining up with it. This takes practice and continual adjustment, as it is a process of ongoing, intentional calibration and recalibration to our intentions. As the results show up in our experience, we will realize how very worthwhile this work is and our outward lives will gradually reflect our inner desires.

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